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21 Dec 2018

Oby Ezekwesili Declares Full War on Atiku, Buhari

The Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar -her major rivals in the 2019 presidential poll – calling them “candidates who have no idea of how to solve the challenges facing the country”

promised that no fewer than 80 million Nigerians would be lifted out of poverty by her administration, while explaining how she would end unemployment, if she wins the presidential election in 2019.

She that she would implement a productivity and competitiveness initiative to create new opportunities and jobs in some key sectors, while cautioning Nigerians against voting for “candidates who have no idea of how to solve the challenges facing the country.”

Ezekwesili promised that no fewer than 80 million Nigerians would be lifted out of poverty by her administration, promising that she would implement a productivity and competitiveness initiative to create new opportunities and jobs in some key sectors.
Among the sectors she listed, are agriculture, fisheries, livestock and agribusiness, where more than one- third of Nigeria’s active labour population are found.

“These industries not only hold the key to putting more Nigerians to work, but provides a much-needed boost to the nation’s productivity. Promoting and supporting these industries will occur through a mix of sound policies on trade, tax, infrastructure, skills, training, research and development.”

The ACPN candidate said her government would accord priority to building a rapidly expanding economy, which would be powered by the private sector, based on an economic structural change agenda.

She added that majority of those operating in the economy are in the informal, low productivity sectors.

She also said she has raised the bar in making 2019 election campaigns issue and value-based and has forced the dominant parties to start focusing on same.

Ezekwesili She said this during a meeting with the International Republican Institute, IRI and the National Democratic Institute, NDI, which are fielding a Joint International Elections Observer Mission. The IRI and NDI high-level delegation is in Nigeria between December 14  and December 20, 2018 to meet with key stakeholders on the electoral  process and assess the pre-election environment.

The delegation is led by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, former  Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs; Ambassador Lewis Lucke, Executive Vice President for the Middle East and Africa of   Grainster LLC; John Tomaszewski, Regional Director for Africa at IRI; and Dickson Omondi, Kenya Resident Country Director at NDI. The delegation met with the ACPN presidential candidate in Abuja before  meeting with President Buhari.

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