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VP Debate: Why Nigeria May Face Crisis – Peter Obi

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, says Nigeria will be faced with a crisis if the nation does not create jobs.

Obi made this known while addressing issues on economic policies at the NEDG/BON Vice-Presidential debate on Friday.

The former governor lamented the increasing rate of unemployment in the country and economic losses incurred by Nigeria.

Obi stressed the need for more investment in education and the creation of jobs adding that “as long as we don’t create jobs and have the number of unemployed youths that we have today, we are going to have a crisis.”

According to him, addressing economic issues should be given great priority as revamping Nigeria’s economy is hinged on education and employment not corruption.

He said, “In 2015 unemployment rate was 24 percent but today it is 40.

“In 2015, we were attracting 21billion dollars in foreign direct investment; we attracted only 12 last year.

“Our GDP was five hundred and twenty in 2015 and per-capital was two thousand five hundred, today it is under 1900.

“Our stock market has lost over two trillion in one year

“We now live in a country where we have the highest number of poor people in any nation 87 million and growing six percent every minute.

“Our country today has the highest number of out of school children in the world

“In terrorism, we have moved from number 7 to number 3 just behind Iran and Afghanistan

“Our inequality has worsened, our misery index has worsened, our stress index we are now 148 over 149.

“If you look at all these, it hinges on two things from studies, and that is education and unemployment.

“Fighting corruption is not an economic policy, it is not that you can’t fight corruption, but you can fight it more aggressively while addressing economic issues.”

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BREAKING NEWS! Fire Razes INEC Office Few Days To Election

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The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State has been engulfed by fire.

This is coming less than one week to the 2019 presidential election.

Plateau State INEC Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, Osaretin Imahiyereobo, confirmed the incident to Daily Trust in a statement on Sunday.

It was gathered that the incident was caused by a drunken security man.

Imahiyereobo described the incident as a setback for the preparations for the general elections in the Local Government Area.

The statement read:

“The INEC office is completely burnt with all its content i.e Ballot Boxes, Generators serviced and filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual Voters Register, uncollected PVCs, materials for the preparations of RAC and other materials yet to be identified.

“The management team led by the Administrative Secretary, Gbadamasi Rasheed are on their way to assess the situation.”

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BREAKING! Court To Decide President Buhari’s Certificate Saga On This Date

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja division has adjourned proceedings in the suit seeking the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari from participating in the February 16 presidential election till February 7, 2019.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed fixed the date following a request by the plaintiffs’ counsel for time to respond to the second defendant’s counter-affidavit served on him on Thursday evening.

The plaintiffs, Kalu Agu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris, in the suit, are alleging that the President Buhari lied in his Form CF 001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), regarding his educational qualification and certificates.

In the suit filed on November 5, 2018, they are therefore seeking an order of the court to disqualifying Buhari from presenting himself and or contesting for president in the 2019 election.

Defendants in the suit filed on behalf of the plaintiff by Okpai Ukiro, has President Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.

When the matter was called for hearing, plaintiffs’ counsel, Godwin Haruna, who held brief for Ukpai Ukiro, informed the court that the matter was adjourned at the last sitting to January 21 for the hearing of all pending applications but was further adjourned to today January 31, since the court did not sit.

He, however, said he would be asking the court for a short adjournment to enable him to respond to the second defendant’s notice of preliminary objections which he said was filed on January 31 and served on him around 4.30pm.

Haruna who recalled that the processes were served on the APC since November 21 and they just responded only today, asked the court for a cost of N100k against the APC for foisting the adjournment on the court.

He said the defendant had been in court since but never bothered to file its response.

While counsel to President Buhari, Abdullahi Abubakar, did not object to the request for adjournment, counsel to APC, Tayo Lasaki, who said he was not opposed to the adjournment, however, said he was opposing the request for cost against him.

Lasaki said since the second defendant was challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter, it did not matter when the issue was raised.

He also argued that the request for adjournment was made by the plaintiffs and not him, adding that although the second defendant was appearing in the matter for the first time, they were, however, prepared to go on with the matter if the plaintiffs were ready.

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BREAKING NEWS: Omisore Defects To APC

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The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, on September 22, 2018, governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore said to have dumped his party and joined the ruling party.

Omisore who was visited before the re-run of the election by APC Chieftains likes Adams Oshiomole, Kayode Fayemi, and Lai Mohammed to support APC Governorship Candidate which he later agreed and reveals his support for the candidate.

An indication to this emerged when Senator Omisore accompanied governor Gboyega Oyetola and APC leaders to the palace of Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ovunwusi.

Governor Oyetola is on a thank you visit to Ife zone for their support during the election which he was declared the winner.

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INEC Chairman Says Politicians Are Buying Up Voters PVCs

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Elect0ral Commission (INEC) has said that the commission has credible information that some politicians are buying PVCs from voters

 

“A new method of vote-buying is being devised. We have received credible information that some partisan actors are now going round buying up PVCs from voters or financially inducing them to collect the VINs on their PVCs. In some instances, telephone numbers and details of bank accounts of voters have been collected. By collecting the PVCs, their intention may be to deprive the voters of voting since no one can vote without the PVC. By collecting their phone numbers and bank details, the intention is to induce voters by electronic transfer of funds to their accounts since it will be difficult to buy votes at polling units,” he was quoted as saying.

Source: BoomNaija

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Oby Ezekwesili Embarrassed As Supporters Chant ‘Sai Baba’ During Rally (Photos)

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The Presidential Candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili who flagged off her campaign at Karu, Abuja, was greeted with chants of ‘Sai Baba’.

The presidential candidate took to the streets to hail her supporters who were armed with her campaign posters but was left embarrassed as some supporters used the opportunity to hail president Muhammadu Buhari as they chanted ‘Sai Baba’.

The former minister of Education smiled while the drama was going on.

Meanwhile, Oby Ezekwesili paid a courtesy visit to the natural ruler at Karu, who said it was time for the country to be governed by a woman, adding that since women were good managers, they could have practicable solutions to the many problems confronting it at the moment.

The Royal Father noted that the former Minister of Education was on a rescue mission, insisting that the country was in dire need of her services.

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