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Encourage emergence of best candidate to clean Nigeria’s mess, Obi tells PDP NWC

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Abuja
07 April 2022   |   4:08 am
Citing Nigeria’s economic woes, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi, has charged Nigerians to ensure the best candidate emerge to clean the nation’s mess come next year.

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Citing Nigeria’s economic woes, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi, has charged Nigerians to ensure the best candidate emerge to clean the nation’s mess come next year.

Addressing journalists after briefing the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on his presidential ambition, yesterday, in Abuja, the former governor of Anambra State submitted that the country now spends 98 per cent of its revenue on debt servicing.

He noted that a country with a national budget of N13 trillion and N6.5 trillion loan needs to wake up and do serious work on its economy.

His words: “We are in a crisis situation. What the party can do is to allow the best candidate to emerge. Our country is in a crisis situation. We are now using over 90 per cent of our budget to service debts. First four months of last year, we earned N1.875 trillion and used N1.802 trillion to service debts – that is 98 per cent of our revenue – was thrown into servicing debt.”

Obi said the time has come to move the country from consumption to production because, “there is nothing to share again. We now need wealth creators, not wealth sharers. We have been sharing wealth for a long time, we need to start creating wealth.”

He advised that the country had to deal with natural security, which relates to job creation, pointing out that, “you need to put food on people’s table to ensure that they are not doing the wrong thing. If they don’t know where the next meal will come from, the tendency is that they will become a tool for anything.”

IN a related development, Governor of Sokoto State and a PDP presidential aspirant, Aminu Tambuwal, yesterday, deplored the over-concentration of power at the centre.

He harped on devolution of more powers to states and the local councils.

The governor hinted at addressing the loophole at separate consultative meetings with PDP National Assembly caucuses in Abuja.

The Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum noted: “The centre is overloaded. And we really need to go back to the local governments and states where the people are and give them more responsibilities and more resources. That is how we are going to do it.”