The Peoples' Alternative Political Movement (TPAP-M), a political association, has called for the need to bridge the widening gap between rich and poor in Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement by Gaskia and Prof. Omotoye Olorode, members of the TPAP-M Secretariat on Tuesday in Abuja.
The group said it would not let up in its effort to free Nigerians from the threat of growing inequality.
He said that as political parties ramp up campaigning ahead of the 2023 general election, he would continue to advocate for a system that would free Nigerians from the "shackles of rampaging capitalism."
He said that, in preparation for the elections, he would engage the candidates in public debates to learn their agenda for the masses, who had suffered from elite capitalism over the years.
The group urged media organizations to provide their platforms for interviews and shows, to advocate for a viable system in Nigeria.
TPAP-M said it launched a 50-member campaign organization on November 9 as part of efforts to advocate for the poor.
He said that the campaign organization, which would be chaired by Professor Omotoye Olorode, had nine committees.
According to the statement, some of the committees are Education and Research, Humanitarian, Social Intervention and Community Support.
Others, according to the statement, are the Public Sector Committee; Contact and Base Committee, Media and Public Communication Committee.
Meanwhile, the members of the organization are Mr. Jaye Gaskia, National Coordinator, National Spokesperson and President of the Public Sector; Mr. Okon Ekanem-Vice President, South.
Others are Hauwa Mustapha, Deputy National Coordinator and Deputy National Spokesperson and also Chairman of the Committee of Stakeholders of Socialist Transformation of Nigeria (CAST).
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The Peoples Alternative Political Movement (TPAP-M), says the prioritisation of profit over collective interest of the people has led to rising cost of living in Nigeria. Mr Jaye Gaskia, a member of the TPAP-M, who spoke on behalf of the Movement, said this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday. He said TPAP-M, a coalition of individuals and organisations committed to the transformation of Nigeria, was worried that the situation had put so much pressure on Nigerians. He said the ruling class was reponsible for the predicament, adding that “under their collective watch as a ruling class, profits were prioritised over the people. “In Nigeria today, living and surviving has become such a nearly impossible task. “Prices of basic necessities are soaring out of the reach of ordinary people. “The overwhelming majority of the working people and toiling masses are increasingly unable to access and afford basic services. ” He said many Nigerians were finding it difficult to access education, health, housing, transportation, and energy among others. “Since the inauguration of the Fourth Republic, things have been on a roller coaster of decline and the ‘rain started beating us’ a very long time ago. “The impact of the exploitative capitalist system on the people at home and globally has always resulted in ever-rising cost of living. ” Gaskia said Nigerians should vote wisely in the 2023 general elections, adding that the sanctity of the ballot should be protected at all cost. He said candidates and political parties should not overheat the polity by raising issues bothering on ethnicity and religion. Gaskia further said in view of this, the coalition would be challenging all political parties and candidates to debates on their programmes and manifestos. He said the engagement would help change the narrative from focus on politicians to the people in the forthcoming elections. He said it was high time Nigerians owned election processes, adding that the coalition would organise rallies and town hall meetings across the country in that regard. Gaskia said the coalition would continue to advocate a system based on social justice, equity, equitable distribution of wealth, and equality in universal access to opportunities and basic social services. He said the group was working toward registering a party that would be pro-masses after the 2023 electioneering activities. High point of the event was the unveiling of Campaign for Socialist Transformation of Nigeria (CAST-Nigeria). Prof. Omotoye Olorode another member of TPAP-M, said the coalition had been in the forefront in ensuring the welfare of workers across all sectors. He said the coalition would maintain its momentum in the forthcoming 2023 elections to ensure politicians were accountable to the people. NewsSourceCredit: NAN