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I’d rather die than fail my supporters – Obi

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Monday, in Lagos said he would rather die than fail his supporters.

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Obi said this while speaking on the support from his supporters, adding, “I did not know many of them, but I vow not to disappoint them.

“I am determined not to fail them. I would rather die than fail them. I am going to serve them,” he stressed.

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The LP presidential candidate also said that the right leadership would eliminate most of Nigeria’s challenges by turning the country from consumption to production.

Obi spoke at the Editors Forum, an initiative of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.

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The former Governor of Anambra State said that the nation was going through many challenges mainly because it was a consuming instead of a producing country.

According to him, if the nation is productive, three-quarters of its challenges can be solved.

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He listed the challenges to include unemployment, poverty, criminality and insecurity.

“We cannot have that number of people living in poverty and not have criminality, banditry and so on.

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“We must remove sharing formula and replace it with the production formula,” he said.

He said that Nigeria had fertile lands and the population to do well in agriculture.

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“The hope of this country is the vast uncultivated land, not that oil we are seeing.

“My commitment is to put Nigeria into production.

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“It is not acceptable that we cannot feed ourselves.

“We must get the country to work; all it requires is the leadership that understands and can drive the process. I can do that, ” he said.

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Speaking on his campaign funding, Obi said that contrary to insinuations, no one else was funding the campaign.

He also said that he did not give money to anyone to step down for him or walk with him.

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“I cannot be talking about being transparent about managing public money without starting with my campaign.

“I do not pay people to work with me. Nobody will say he is funding Peter Obi’s campaign. I am funding it myself.

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“All those things happening everywhere are just that people believe in our cause and give whatever it is from their little resources.

“I am encouraged, and I assure them that they are doing it for the right cause and I will never disappoint them,” he said.

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On Nigeria’s debt profile, Obi said that there was nothing wrong with borrowing.

“Every nation borrows, individual businesses borrow all over the world.

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“What is important is what we use the borrowed money to do. If you borrow for consumption, that is where we have a problem.”

He said that borrowed money should be invested well to increase the country’s gross domestic product and per capita income.

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“I won’t say I will not borrow but I will only borrow for investment and I will explain to Nigerians the need for the borrowing,” he added.

Promising to reduce the nation’s debt burden, Obi pledged to eliminate all waste and rascality, if elected.

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On communication, Obi pledged to regularly interface with Nigerians and provide information on the running of his government, if elected.

He described communication as vital for good governance.

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He called on Nigerians to elect their next president based on character, integrity competence, capacity and commitment.

He said that there was a need to prioritise the rule of law, law and order, education development and other intangible assets to drive investors.

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On power supply, the LP candidate said that adequate power generation and distribution were not rocket science and were achievable.

“We will support those generating power and do everything possible on distribution.

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“I can tell you that within years, we will move from where we are, to 20,000 megawatts, because we need it for production,” he said.

Reacting on technology, Obi said that, if elected, his administration would use science and technology to improve production, security, education and job creation.

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Doyin Okupe was broke when he joined Obi’s campaign; stole N100 million party funds: Ogun LP

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The Labour Party in Ogun State insists that expelled member Doyin Okupe was financially handicapped before joining the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

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Party executives, Michael Ashade and Abayomi Arambambi, claimed on Saturday that Mr Okupe went on to steal N100 million campaign funds after joining the PCC.

Mr Ashade, state party chairman, said they were levelling charges of “financial impropriety” against Mr Okupe who until his expulsion served as the PCC’s director general.

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Mr Arambabi said Mr Okupe initially lobbied to be made the state party chairman on the basis of using the position to raise money for Mr Obi’s presidential campaign.

“He came to ask us at the initial stage that we should give him state chairman so that he would be able to mobilise funds for the party,” asserted Mr Arambabi, Ogun state’s Labour Party spokesperson, on Arise TV Saturday morning.

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In response to questions about whether Mr Okupe had actually given the Labour Party four million naira, Mr Arambabi revealed that the expelled member – who always complained about Mr Obi’s tightfisted nature – said he also had no money to contribute to the party.

“Let’s be very categorical here: Dr Okupe does not have any N4 million to spend on Labour Party,” said the Ogun state party spokesperson.

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He challenged Mr Okupe to “come here to tell us how much he gave to the 24 members of the state executive. He complained about Mr Obi, it was on the record, that he doesn’t give him money, so he has no money to give.”

The state’s spokesperson further disclosed that Mr Okupe had not given the party a “kobo” in the past seven months.

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“He has not committed his kobo to that party for seven months. It was when he started campaigning for Peter Obi that he came to us to say that he has some money to spend into the Labour Party,” the spokesperson said.

Mr Okupe did not immediately respond to calls and messages of enquiry seeking comments on the matter.

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Tinubu Accuses Arise TV Of Blackmail Over Townhall Meeting

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The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has again said he would not attend the Arise News Town Hall meeting slated for Sunday.

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Tinubu said Arise News has consistently shown a pattern of bias against him, stressing that he doesn’t consider the medium as credible and impartial.

The APC presidential flag-bearer vowed not to participate at the town hall meeting slated for Sunday, and any other Arise News may plan before the February 2023 presidential election.

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The two-term former governor of Lagos State said this via a statement issued on Saturday by the Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga.

Onanuga said Tinubu has his own schedule of campaign activities and other engagements within and outside Nigeria, noting that the APC presidential candidate has already departed Nigeria and would be at Chatham House in London on Monday, where he will speak on Security, Economy, and Foreign Policy.

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He stated: “We find it shocking and downright anomalous that Arise News continues to broadcast the participation of All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its Presidential Town Hall meeting scheduled to hold on 4 December, 2022 despite our earlier statement that our candidate will not be available.

“We noticed that Arise News has also been running a campaign on the so-called constitutional duty of the presidential candidates to participate in its debate by dubiously citing section 22 of the Constitution of Nigeria on the obligation of the Mass Media.

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“While it is trite that the media has clear constitutional duty to hold public office holders accountable to the citizens and its role as the watchdog of the society, there is no part of the Constitution and the section 22 that says a presidential candidate of any political party and least of all, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu must participate in Arise News Town Hall event or any media organised event at all.

“The same Constitution grants all citizens of Nigeria including, Asiwaju Tinubu the right and freedom of choice and association. The APC Presidential candidate has a right to decide where he goes and events to participate in as he seeks the mandate of Nigerians to be elected as the next President of our country.

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“We want to make it abundantly clear again that Asiwaju Tinubu will not participate and will not attend the Arise News Town Hall meeting slated for Sunday, 4 December, 2022 and any other ones it may plan before the February 2023 presidential election. We want to equally stress that Arise News has consistently shown a pattern of bias against Asiwaju Tinubu and we don’t consider the medium as credible and impartial.

“The APC Presidential candidate has his own schedule of campaign activities and other engagements within and outside Nigeria. One of such events is his scheduled event for Monday , December 5, 2022 at Chatham House in London where he will speak on Security, Economy and Foreign Policy.

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“Asiwaju Tinubu travelled to United Kingdom early today (Saturday) for this earlier scheduled engagement. We want to reiterate for the umpteenth time that no amount of blackmail, intimidation and media bully and innuendos by the owner and management of Arise News will change the position our campaign has taken on this matter.

“We seize this opportunity to warn our spokesmen and supporters to steer clear of this station over its consistent unprofessionalism and bias against our candidate and party,” the statement read.

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Gov Yahaya Bello visits Wike in Rivers

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By Francesca Iwambe

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Governor Yahaya Bello, of Kogi State has paid a visit to his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, at his private residence in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Friday night.

Bello, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is the most recent high-ranking politician to pay a visit to Governor Wike’s Rumuepriokom home.

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The purpose or outcome of the visit, however, was not disclosed to journalists after both governors concluded their closed-door meeting.

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