Dumebi Kachikwu, the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC and CEO of Roots TV, said his wife tried to convince him to bribe delegates in the primaries so he would not be disgraced.
Kachukwu revealed this while speaking with journalists in Abuja. The ADC flag bearer explained that despite the fact that he ignored his wife’s plea he still emerged as the winner of the party’s presidential primaries and defeated the aspirants who gave money to the delegates. He also said that after his victory, several calls he put to one of his opponents were ignored. His words: “I had a banquet for all the delegates, announced to them that I was an aspirant but told them I don’t have money, they should vote their conscience so that if I win, my conscience will be free that I didn’t pay. “If I lose, I have my business to go back to. So I don’t have to be a President to work for Nigeria. I left them that night, not knowing what my fate would be. “I announced to them that I was not going to give anybody money. Some were upset, I left them not knowing what my fate was. My opponents shared money to delegates. In the morning of next day, my wife said, ‘please spend this money on delegates to avoid disgrace, you have it’ and I told her my conscience forbids that. I thought it was over, I was already delivering my speech accepting defeat when I saw that the body language of the delegates have changed, they were smiling with me. “The most painful thing was to see losers go to the media to desecrate the process which produced me. They were telling lies to the public. “I called one of the aspirants that I was coming, he said he wasn’t around Abuja but in Lagos. I flew to Lagos to see him, since then he didn’t take his calls.” He also spoke on the upcoming 2023 election, explaining that he was worried because about 50 million Nigerians who are members of the middle class in urban areas do not participate in elections because of apathy.
This article was originally published on Naija News