2023: Obi,inubu,Atiku And Others, Presidential Campaign Of Promises, Who Will Bail Out Nigeria

By Suleiman Umaru

Ahead of the February 25, 2023, Presidential and National Assembly, elections, Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, and Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Aswaju  Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, and the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, appear  not to be taking  chances with the electioneering Campaigns  as they traverse the nooks and crannies of the country.

Others are  Atiku Abubakar, a one-time Nigerian Vice President, and Candidate of the Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP,  Adewole Adebayo of the Social Democratic Party, SDP,and   Kola Abiola, son of  Mohshood Kashimawo Abiola,   the Presumed winner of the 1993, general elections canced by the military Junta, headed by the ten Military President, Genral Ibrahim Babangida retired, and Candidate of the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, among  are also making waves in their Campaigns as they reach out to the electorates.

Between November and now, the five Major Candidates for the 2023, general elections, were said to have taken their electioneering Campaigns from one state of the Federation to the other to sell their party manifestos and making promises with the intention to win the support of the people. The question on the lips of many was : who will ball out Nigeria.

 Take for instance, Obi, the former Anambra , governor, who many believe do not have the  resources  to sponsor his Presidential elections has visited more states  to Campaign than his two  closest rivals, Tinubu and Atiku, believed to be money bags.  

Obi: LP, presidential Candidate, Promises To Unite And Secure Nigeria

Only recently, the LP, Flag bearer was in Akure, Capital of Ondo,home state of Ol Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation during Babangida Administration, to Campaign, amidst tight security. LP Presidential hopeful was said to have promised the people ‘’to adequately address the nation’s biting economic and security challenges’’, described as the major problems of the country over the last 13 years

The Anambra state governor  described as Mr. Stingy”’ by Tinubu, was said to have told the large crowd that had turned out   to listen to him that he has ‘’the capacity  to stand the rigours of the office of the Nigerian  President  which is very demanding and turn the situation in the  country  around’’ within the next four years.  Confirming why former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who had endorsed his Candidature.  For the 2023, general elections.”

Olusola Ebiseeni, Director of the Obi/Datti Campaign Organisation in the south west, who had prepared the ground for the party Presidential Campaign in the state had made it clear to the people of the state that the Nigerian Leadership must not be rotating between the north and the south west, insisting that ‘it is the turn of the south east ‘’ to produce the next Nigerian President’’.

The LP, south west Campaign  Director,  who had joined  the G5, now Integrity Group,’’ demanding  for fairness and justice in the country political system had said that everybody is equal s equal in the  country  and that no one  is a second class citizen.

 ABC Nwosu, a Professor, and a former minister of Health, during Olusegun Obasanjo’s Administration and a member of the PDP, Board of Trustee, BoT,s may have read the handwriting on the wall of the Conspiracy against the Igbos  that he has resigned   party and the  BoT .

He had earlier Campained in Enugu, Capital of Enugu state, where he had told the people that his Administration will’ unite and secure the igeria if elected President on February 25, 2023’’. He was emphatic on this.  ‘’I assure you that if elected the next Nigerian President, my Administration will unite and secure Nigeria’’. Hold me by my words’’, he had said.

 As a prelude to securing the country, he had said that one his government priorities would be’’ to recruit more Nigerian   youths into the all the various security agencies, pay them well and provide the security agencies personnel with life insurance cover’’.

He may have gladdened the heart of the people when he said that his emergence as the next President will lead to an ‘’end to the disruption He of academic activities in tertiary institutions in Nigeria’’. Hear him:  I will end Academic Staff of Nigeria Universities, ASUU,  strike  and ensures that no student  in any Nigerian University stays beyond  the  approved period of study’’, he had said.

He was said to also promised to pursue economic policy that will encourage production instead of being a consumer nation for foreign made goods, noting that it is the only way the youths can be gainfully employed.

 Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a one-time governor of Anambra state, who could not hide his feelings had urged   the people of Enugu state and the south east in general ‘’to vote Obi for equity, justice and fairness’’.

Atiku: PDP Candidate, Promises To Activate Ajaokuta Steel Plant If Elected President

Atiku, the PDP, Presidential Candidate, for the  2023, general elections , who had stormed Lokoja, described as the Confluence town, Capital of  Kogi, state  , for his Campaigns on Saturday,  January 14, 2023,  was said to have promised the people ‘’ to activate Ajaokuta  Steel plant  and support   the state  government  to clear  all salary arrears owed civil sevants’’. He was said to have promised   the restoration of other key infrastructural facilities   in the state to ensure better welfare for the people.

   He was said to have been accompanied in the Kogi state Campaign by  Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta state and Vice Presidential Candidate, Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom state, and Chairman of the , Atiku/ Okowa Campaign Organisation , and  Aminu Tambuwa, a former Speaker , House of Representatives and now governor of Sokoto state , and who incidentally, is  the Director General of the PCC. Others were including Senator Iyorcia Ayu, the party National Chairman and Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba state. To name but a few.

Atiku, PDP, Presidential Candidate may have left Kogi state,optimistic that he people will support him for promising to activate the multi-billion dollars Ajaokuta steel plant. Many who spoke to The Value News  on condition of anonymity on phone had said that  the PDP,  Candidate , appears to be like someone who  do not  have  any  programme  in the cards for the state.

They have their reason for the assumption. This is  because President Muhammadu Buhari , had secured the Ajaokuta steel  plant  from  interminable  and complex  disputes  with  the foreign investor group in steel space – Global  Steel Holdings and Global Infrastructure  Steel.

They noted that the Buhari’s Administration, had settled the  multi- billion dollar claim of $5.28 billion  in mediation  under the International Chamber of Commerce, ICC,   ADR, Framework,  for $496 million and wondered what  Atiku, will do on the plant if elected the next Nigerian President.

 The settlement agreement was said to have into effect on August 19, 2022, as confirmed by Abubakar Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.

Tinubu: APC, Flag Bearer, Promises Routine Dredging Of River Niger

In Niger, home state of Generals  Ibrahim Babangida, a former Nigerian military President and Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former military, Head of state,   Tinubu, the APC, Presidential Candidate, had ‘’pledged  ‘’to embark  on routine dredging  of the popular River Niger and full development of the Baro  port if elected President on the February 25, Presidential elections’’.   

The former Lagos state governor was said to have promised ‘’to repay his supporters   by attending to the major challenges  of  the state and further empower  the people   to reap the  full benefits  of its bounteous resources and being the  home of three hydroelectric  power plants  in the country’’.

The APC, Flag bearer, who could not his feelings had said that his Administration will ‘’appreciate   the vital role played by the state that power the nation by investing in its future’’.   He had declared that that ‘’the power state will become the more powerful state ‘’ in the country’’.

He has a god news for farmers and aggro-commodity traders in the state.  He was said to have promised to revamp the Agricultural sector in the state for optimal performance if elected President in the upcoming elections. Given that Agriculture is the hope and prosperity of farmers and the Nigerian economy, may have informed why  he had said that  his Administration  will  need to prioritize  the sector   for  easy access to  Agricultural facilities  and other Inputs  to improve the country’s Gross Domestic  Product, GDP. He did not top there.

He was to have promised to establish a National Commodity Directorate that will ensure the success of the government Agriculture policy when elected the next President of Nigeria in order ’’ to enhance food security and export of food items , particular, rice  to member countries of the Economic of West African States and the Central African sub-regions, like the Asian country of Thailand and the North American country of Vietenam export to other countries.

Adebayo: SDP, Flag Bearer

Adewole Adebayo, a multi-billionaire, Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, a party that is not too popular among  Nigerians, may not have allowed Tinubu, Atiku and Obi,  the big names in the 2023, Presidential race   to intimidate him as he has continued to make appreciable impact by taking his Campaigns to the states.

In virtually all the states , he had visited,  the message was very clear that ‘’the party  will eliminate  insecurity,  poverty,  and put the nation on the path  of prosperity’’  if he emerges  as the next Nigerian President after  the 2023, general elections.

Kola Abiola, the first son of late MKO Abiola, and Presidential Candidate of the People’s Redemption Party, PRP,  has pledged  ‘’to ensure 25 inclusion  of women  and people Living    with disabilities, PLWD, in his government’’if  elected  president after the February 25, 2023, Presidential elections.  

He was said to have also promised to reinvent Nigeria’s security architecture if elected President in 2023.Optimistic that he will win the elections, he has vowed ‘’to improve  the welfare standard  of the men of  the Nigerian Armed Forces’’.

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