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2023: LP-PCC highlights Obi/Datti 7-governance priorities before Ibadan rally today+photos

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The Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, LP-PCC on Tuesday highlighted the seven-governance priorities of the Obi/Datti administration if voted into power in 2023.

Speaking at a pre- rally press briefing before the Ibadan rally, LP -PCC Chief Spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko outlined all the seven areas designed to galvanise Nigeria into a stable polity with a strong economy.

He said: “It will be recalled that our candidate, Peter Obi, for purposeful and participatory leadership for national rebirth released his seven governance priorities which are:

“Securing Nigeria, ending banditry and insurgency; and uniting our dear nation, to manage our diversity such that nooneis left behind.

“Production-centred growth for food security and export -Moving Nigeria from consumption to production

” Restructuring the polity through effective legal and institutional reforms, to fight corruption and enthrone rule of law and all inclusive and effective government.

” Leapfrogging Nigeria from an oil-dependent economy to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) with massive investment in new technologies.

” Expanding physical infrastructure – with focus on critical sectors like power, multi-modal transportation, gas pipeline, etc. – through efficient public-private partnership (PPP) reforms (unleashing growth-enabling entrepreneurship and market-creating innovations).

“Youth engagement and human capital development that improves quality of life of workers and families, and productivity-enhancing education that empowers labour competitiveness.

” Robust foreign policy that restores Nigeria’s strategic relevance.

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“In explaining further, Peter Obi pledged that his government will secure and unite Nigerians by managing the nation’s diversity to everyone’s advantage without any feeling of marginalization.The pledges include:

“Secure and unite our dear nation, to manage our diversity such that no one is left behind in Nigeria.

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“Move Nigeria from consumption to production.

“Embark on comprehensive legal and institutional reforms and practicable restructuring measures, to fight corruption, enthrone rule of law, and an all-inclusive and effective government.

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“Prioritize Human Capital Development through robust investments in STEM education, health, and infrastructural development, with emphasis on wealth creation, distribution and sustainable development.

“Engineer the transition of Nigeria from fossil fuel dependency to climate and eco-friendly energy use.

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” Pursue holistic poverty eradication with emphasis on agricultural revolution through effective utilization of our vast arable lands, particularly in Northern Nigeria, and erase Nigeria’s categorization as the poverty capital of the world.

” Improve access to finance, Particularly to MSMEs, youths and women, to significantly reduce unemployment and insecurity.

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” Ensure that in policy and practice, governance will be made more inclusive, cost-effective, transformative, and less transactional (No more sharing of the national wealth by a few)I. Ensure that our diversity will be leveraged to give women and youths, the aged and persons with disabilities, unfettered voice in governance, and a renewed sense of patriotism and faith in Nigeria.

“Ensure that Nigeria is progressively better governed through legislative, executive, and judicial reforms, so that the Constitutional separation of powers among the three arms of government is properly followed and the three tiers of government allowed to function independently and jointly for a more inclusive and sustainable Nigeria.

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“As for Oyo State, the Obi-Datti administration in collaboration with the State Government hope to turn around the economy of the state when elected President.

“There is no doubt that Oyo State is strategic in Nigeria and powered by hardworking families from every part of the state who are creative, passionate and determined.

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“Peter Obi is running to be the people’s President who represents the entire country and his plans for the economy will reflect this. Obi-Datti government will invest in infrastructure, education and affordable healthcare in Oyo State.

“The Obi-Datti administration will drive job creation by providing low-interest credit facilities and support for small business to make Oyo State an attractive place to do business, work and live.

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“His administration will invest in educational system from primary to secondary and tertiary level across the country and relive the burden of high school fees placed upon the students, parents and guardians.

“Employment is one of the best ways to fight rising crime rates, keep families together and build a stable society.

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“The Obi-Datti administration will provide an enabling environment for business so that more jobs can be created, ensure that workers salaries are paid as at when due and their rights are protected.

“Together we will build a new Nigeria where everyone is an important stakeholder. The ObiDatti administration promise to focus on sundry problems as every person in Nigeria has a value and for us to transform our country for better, we must do it together.

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“It is time we return Nigeria to a place where we treat each other with humility, dignity.

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2023: Enang accuses South-South Govs of siphoning N950 billion oil fund

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The Directorate of Parliamentarians of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South- South geo-political zone, has accused the six governors in the region of misappropriating N950 billion that accrued to their states as proceeds of excess crude oil sales and 13% derivation.

Director of the group and governorship candidate of the APC in Akwa Ibom State, Sen Ita Enang who made the accusation at a news conference in Abuja, said the governors shortchanged their respective states through low rate discounting at various banks.

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Enang therefore, called on the Houses of Assembly of the affected states, to thoroughly investigate the action of their governors and commence impeachment proceedings against those found culpable.

 

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He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had paid the said money as arrears due to the oil bearing states between 2004 and 2019 as well as derivation arrears from deductions made by NNPC from 1999 to December 2021.
Enang said that while Akwa Ibom State had collected a total sum of N133.5 billion, it had an outstanding of N277 billion to collect but had already discounted the fund at low rate in banks for ridiculous loans.

According to the document circulated to journalists during the news conference, Rivers State Government has collected N116 billion from the arrears of oil monies and N229 billion as outstanding while Delta State State, collected a total of N125 billion but had an outstanding balance of N253 billion.

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Similarly, Bayelsa State has collected N104 billion and has an outstanding balance of N209 billion was also being discounted by the State Governor for ridiculous loans.

According to him, Edo State has collected the sum of N13 billion so far and has N37 billion outstanding payment which is also being discounted through loans in some banks.

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He however, said that Cross River State Government was not in the fleecing game due to insignificant accruals the State had been getting.

His words: “Total money collected by Cross River State from oil money arrears is N1.4 billion while outstanding payment is N1.2 billion. Exposures being made here today on how the Governors of the South South States , have been squandering oil earnings , are to get the people of the respective states informed ahead of the 2023 general election that they should reject their party , the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the 2023 general election.

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“We want impeachment proceedings to be carried out against them by their respective State Houses of Assembly if their members truly loyal to the people. We however thank the Governors for their kleptomania which will surely make candidates of their party to lose elections next year.”

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Finally, Obaseki’s Men Lose As Appeal Court Endorses Edo PDP List

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Peoples Democratic Party, PDP aspirants for political offices in Edo State aligned with Governor Godwin Obaseki have again suffered a setback following the Court of Appeal judgment which sacked the list of the governor as candidates of the party.

The judgment which emerged on Friday, November 25 averred that the appellate court set aside the judgment earlier won by the Obaseki aligned candidates and returned the candidates aligned to the mainstream of the party, otherwise known as legacy PDP as led by Chief Dan Orbih, the National Vice-Chairman, South-South.

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It would be recalled that the Obaseki inclined faction of the party had won a court judgment that removed the candidates earlier listed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The candidates removed belong to the Orbih faction and were those who emerged from the primaries the INEC claimed to have observed.

The development led the Orbih faction to lodge an appeal at the Court of Appeal Benin which in its judgment set aside the ruling that foisted recognition on the Obaseki led faction of the PDP.

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In the lead judgement delivered by Tunde Oyebamiji Awotoye , JCA, the Court of Appeal resolved 4 out of the 6 issues in favour of the Legacy candidates and as such declared that the Appeal was meritorious and therefore allowed.

The court also set aside and struck out suit no FHC/C5/78/2022 which earlier declared the Obaseki’s group candidates as the authentic candidates) because of incomplete transmission of records that made the court not to have jurisdiction over the appeal.

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The decision of the Court of Appeal siding the Orbih list could be further challenged by the Obaseki faction in continuation of the turf battle between the governor and his former allies PDP who collaborated in the fight against the APC in the Edo governorship election of 2020.

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Fixing Nigeria Is No Rocket Science-Obi, lists criteria

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The Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi has said to fix Nigeria is not rocket science but requires extraordinary commitment from the people and their leaders.

Obi’s view is contained in his remarks at the weekend at the Annual General Meeting AGM of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA in Calabar, Cross River state.

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At the conference with a theme; “Housing and Design Excellence for National Development”, the LP standard bearer listed what he called 4Cs; -competence, capacity, credibility and commitment as critical requirements to turn the country around.

“We must aspire to put in place a leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment. These 4 Cs, are leadership competencies required to turn Nigeria around”

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He noted that, “What is grossly missing in Nigeria’s leadership, governance and economic realm is the lack of efficiency. Good governance and a prosperous and stable economy are routinely anchored on sectoral and holistic pursuit of efficiency”

He told the Architects that Nigeria has high and severe housing deficit to the point that the country needs 28 million houses to be built to meet the national needs and by estimation this will cost about 60 trillion naira.

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He said that what his Presidency will do if given the mandate is to partner with a professional body like the NIA and create the enabling environment via the right of making laws; regulating and preserving of property; employing the force of the community; and public good.

The dearth of vision and commitment in our political leadership over time is having effect in all sectors, noting that, “what is grossly missing in Nigeria’s leadership, governance and economic realm is the lack of efficiency. Good governance and a prosperous and a stable economy are routinely anchored on sectoral and holistic pursuit of efficiency.

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According to him, “if I and Datti are hired by Nigerians on February 25th, 2023, we will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, security of lives and properties but for this to happen there must be elite consensus on critical national interest questions.

“We are also aware that our existing national infrastructures are decrepit and crumbling. We are housing challenged. We have as a nation been inconsistent in our infrastructural planning and funding. This is an area we must tackle urgently.

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Obi further remarked that as a first step their Presidency must start with rethinking the fundamentals of our nationhood and how to collectively unite and secure Nigeria and move it from good to great.

“Good governance simply translates to eight critical governance values, namely; a government being Accountable, Transparent, Responsive, Equitable and Inclusive, Effective and Efficient; and adherence to the rule of law, as well as participatory and consensus-oriented governance.”

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With the mandate of Nigerians the Obi-Datti administration, from its inception, will continue to encourage investment in infrastructure—housing, energy, transport, irrigation, and telecoms—to grow these and other sectors.

“We are eager to quickly close the infrastructure gap between now and 2030. That is the Nigeria we want in place by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target year.”

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Obi also charged the Architects to bear in mind some fundamental requirements of their profession in contemplating on “Housing and Design Excellence for National Development” which includes Design for the future and economic and social wellbeing; to think of demographic in our designs; Design and build for public good;
Our buildings must be accessible to People with disabilities; Our buildings must reflect our culture and heritage; We must manage funding for building; Give primacy to maintenance culture; and finally NIA must protect its institutional integrity

Finally, he then reminded the NIA members of the new mantra of his campaign message,
“in the mission to rescue Nigeria, there is no tribe, religion, or class. Indeed, there can be no conscientious objector.”

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