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How the Oby Ezekwesili’s Presidency will Lift 80+ Million Nigerians Out of Poverty

My mission is not just to change this #APCPDP government, but more than that, we must disrupt the politics and governance of the status quo and quickly chart a new course for the future of our country.

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Oby Ezekwesili, a Nigerian female presidential seat aspirant pens down how her presidency will lift 80 millions Nigerians out of poverty. Her electoral campaign is surrounded by job creation, equality and poverty elimination. Ezekwesili has been a strong voice behind the Bring Back Our Girls campaign. She campaigns under the banner of ACPN – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria. In a twitter thread she wrote down her strategy which she tends to employ if she emerges as Nigerian president. You can consider it a manifesto but its a way forward for Nigeria.

From Poverty Central to Prosperity: How the Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili Presidency will lift 80+ million Nigerians out of poverty.

Today is an exciting day for this campaign as we will be sharing the most important issue in our ambitious plan for Nigeria that shows our readiness to govern from Day One. I will be telling you how we intend to lift 80 million Nigerians out of poverty. We expect citizens to hold us to account for every word we say and every promise we make, not just on our innovative solutions for tackling poverty which I would be sharing today, but on our entire manifesto to be released to the public on Friday. I will like to start today by reminding us of a fact which a lot of us have stopped believing. It’s a fact that was true in 1960 when our founders won the battle for Independence and took their destinies and the destinies of their children in their hands. It’s a fact that remained true in the midst of the setbacks and traumas of seven military coups, a horrible civil war and decades of failed political leadership.

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It’s a fact that did not change through seasons of economic recessions, structural adjustments and brutal dictatorships. It did not change when Abiola’s hope was deferred or when Obasanjo transmuted from prison to president or, indeed, when President Muhammadu Buhari, got another chance in 2015 to lead this country. It has remained true up till this very moment as I stand today, challenging all of us to seize the opportunity for a new independence from our rapacious ruling class. That fact is that Nigeria is a great country and Nigerians are great people. It’s true. This isn’t something that I feel obligated to say just because I am running for president.

It is true – Nigeria is a great country. Sometimes it is hard to believe Nigeria’s greatness in the midst of our daily struggles, and as we watch our country repeat the same mistakes over and over again. It is hard to remember the contributions our country has made for freedom and peace across the African continent. We are blessed with fertile, arable land; the largest market in Africa; abundant natural resources. We are Africa’s largest economy. Our music and movies and creative talents are the greatest soft power in Africa. We have the most innovative, talented and resourceful concentration of black people in the world. Nigeria is a great country. I believe in Nigeria and the promise she holds – and that belief is what drives me every single day of this journey. I am an impatient optimist. I cannot stand it when we choose to accept mediocrity or resign ourselves to lowly standards. Nigeria can do much better.

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Oby Ezekwesili

I care about Nigeria and Nigerians enough to know that the back-to-back failed leadership has held us back for far too long. And if we do not take a stand and take our country back, they would still be here in years to come, holding back our children and their children. God forbid! I have a dream of a new Nigeria that works for all, not just for a small clique who see politics as their means to stupendous wealth while the majority of those they govern are afflicted with poverty and misery. I have a dream of an inclusive and prosperous country where there is equality of opportunity for all. Our country will be a great meritocracy where success in life is not determined by your background or tribe or gender or religion or family name but by your talents and hard work. I have a dream of a strong, indivisible nation with a united purpose and shared national values. I have a dream of a new Nigeria that finally manages her diversity effectively and draws on the benefits of our greater creativity, innovation and shared progress.

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The Nigeria we would start building from 2019 would not trudge into the future with uncertainty like chickens when we have all it takes to soar with confidence like eagles. I want to reignite belief in Nigeria’s greatness by leading a government that would make clear promises to citizens and deliver on them, not like the current leadership which spent its first year in office denying all the promises it made to get into that office. My mission is not just to change this government, but more than that, we must disrupt the politics and governance of the status quo and quickly chart a new course for the future of our country. We have enough young people, many progressive men and women, who are signing up with our citizens’ party, , to unleash the principles of disruptive technologies to our politics for good.

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I believe that a blessed and great country like ours has all it takes to confront whatever challenges stand on our way, to beat them and to win! Like former US President Bill Clinton noted for his country, I too believe that there is nothing wrong with Nigeria that cannot be fixed with what is right in Nigeria. We have all it takes. And right now, there are seven monstrous challenges that I see holding us down. To solve each of them would need bold, visionary leadership and hardwork from an intelligent government. 1. Too little productivity and competitiveness of the Nigerian economy: For a nation of our size and our potentials, our low real Gross Domestic Product of $375.77 billion after 58 years of independence is terribly underwhelming.

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APC is buying your votes with N10, N20, N50 – Atiku Abubakar

Nigeria is worse of today than we were in 2014. In terms of economy, we are the poorest country in the world today.

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PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar alleges that the All Progressive Council (APC) is buying the votes of Nigerian with N10, N50 and N20. The candidate made the post via his twitter handle after his campaign in ilorin today and it was quite table shaking.

APC is buying your votes with N10, N20, N50 - Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Wrote;

“Thank you very much my brothers and sisters of the North Central zone.
Today we have listened to the failures of the APC government since 2015 till today. There is nothing they have not promised us, they promised us security, jobs and better economy, they failed. Whatever they promised, they failed.
It is time to return Nigeria to PDP, because the best years of this country was when the PDP was governing our country from 1999-2015.
In terms of corruption, Nigeria is worse of today than we were in 2014. In terms of economy, we are the poorest country in the world today. In terms of insecurity, we are most insecure than at any other time in our history
This is what the APC are doing. They are buying PVCs, they will come to you and give you N10, N20, N50 to buy your PVC – they are buying your future. Do you want to sell your future? Don’t sell your PVCs because they are going to use it against you.
God bless you all. Thank you.”

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The media aide to incumbent President of Nigeria, Lauretta Onchie made a derogatory comment towards Atiku’s campaign in Sokoto. She taunted that Atiku was buying supporters for his campaign and attaching N500 to a plate of food during campaign which was a blatant lie.

Photos from Atiku’s Campaing in Kwara State – North Central Nigeria

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Father Mbaka says Atiku and Peter Obi will fail, if they fail to meet demands

God hates stinginess… If you continue like this, you and Atiku will fail. – Father Mbaka

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Popular Catholic priest simply identified as Rev Father Ejike Mbaka in a controversial statement said Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar will fail if they refuse to say what they’ll do for his ministry. Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi are the PDP presidential candidate for 2019 general election, with Peter Obi as the second-man.

Father Mbaka in a video making rounds on the internet made the statement during a political rally. Peter Obi was hesitant to make promises. Which led to Father say, in his exact words in part,

God hates stinginess… If you continue like this, you and Atiku will fail. – Father Mbaka

 

Christians however, were not agreement with Rev. Father Mbaka’s statement. Saying that God doesn’t force giving on Christians when they need favor from him.

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A Twitter user, @ifeabunike wrote,

What Father Mbaka did to Peter Obi at the alter of God and in God’s name was disgraceful and should be condemned by all well meaning Christians. If this was what Christ stood for, I don’t want to be a part of it anymore.

Reno Omokri took the liberty to voice his opinion, he wrote.

Fr Mbaka disgraces  @PeterObi for refusing to donate to his church. That is exactly why you should vote for @atiku and Peter Obi. They wont donate public money to churches and mosques. Has @officialEFCC ever looked for Peter Obi? These are the types of leaders we need! #RenosDarts

Father Mbaka Supports Ganduje of APC an Opposing party to Peter Obi, PDP

Controversial Rev Father Mbaka is also in support of the other side of coin. He stood side-by-side with Governor Ganduje who is involved in an alleged bribery scandal. Ganduje, a core APC members was endorsed by Father Mbaka who seeks arms from Peter Obi a PDP presidential candidate’s second-man.

Father Mbaka says Atiku and Peter Obi will fail, if they fail to meet demands

Mbaka with Ganduje

A Twitter user posted,

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Senator Dino Melaye appointed Director incharge of Civil Societies/ NGO’S and Campaign Spokesperson in PDP

We shall usually overcome. Light will always rejoice over darkness. Power to the People.

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Nigerian Senator, Dino Melaye has been appointed as the Director in-charge of Civil Societies/ NGO’S and Campaign Spokesperson in the PDP presidential campaign.

The senator who made this known via his social media handle expressed optimism in the forth coming 2019 general elections.

In his exact words,

Thank you PDP for my appointment as Director incharge of Civil Societies/ NGO’S and Campaign Spokesperson in the PDP Presidential Campaign. We shall usually overcome. Light will always rejoice over darkness. Power to the People.- SDM

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Senator Dino is one the most welcomed senator in Nigeria.

Senator Dino Melaye appointed Director incharge of Civil Societies/ NGO'S and Campaign Spokesperson in PDP

Seantor Dino Melaye

However he is surrounded by his greatest opposition, APC in the house of Senate in Nigeria. His voice in the house is most times suppressed due to controversies. Take for instance, NTA, a national TV broadcasting network going mute when Dino is giving a speech in the house of Senate.

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