Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), says Nigerians will beg him to stay beyond the constitutional limit of two terms in office if he becomes president.
Sowore spoke on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television.
Speaking on the naira redesign, Sowore said the funds used for redesigning the naira should have been channelled to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The AAC presidential candidate said if elected president, he will not concentrate on redesigning the naira, but seek ways to improve the value of the country’s currency.
On his educational policy, Sowore said if elected president, his administration will give every student in tertiary institutions a grant of N100,000 per semester.
He also said he will channel efforts into improved revenue for the country through addressing leakages.
“I will never be part of those who ask the private sector to run education in Nigeria. It will be publicly-run education programme. We are focusing on free education,” he said.
“I have said it; every student in Nigeria who is in the higher institution — there are 1.7 million students in higher institutions — will get at least N100,000 per semester as study grant from the federal government. I mean it. I will not make them take loans.
“We don’t need to borrow in my first four years. I have discovered how we can block all the loopholes and make more money.
“I just told you about N11 trillion unremitted revenue. It is sitting in the bank accounts of our MDAs. We can get it. It belongs to the federal government. N11 trillion is a huge amount of money; money owed by oil companies.
“I’m talking to you as a citizen of Nigeria who has operated alone almost virtually, finding money, kicking out sources where money has been hidden, having to provide evidence for stolen money. I have been the person who covered it the most since 2006 through Sahara Reporters.
“When I am telling you these facts, believe them. I know the politicians; I know how they steal, and I know how the money in this country is being filtered.
“I’m not just saying it to lie to you on TV. It is a matter of fact that if you get to work, you will be shocked.
“Nigerians will be begging me to continue in government after my two terms when I do the job that I’m telling you. But I don’t want to do more than two terms; I’m not interested.”
Dogara appointed PDP campaign council member — days after endorsing Atiku
Yakubu Dogara, former speaker of the house of representatives, has been appointed a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council (PCC).
Aminu Tambuwal, director general of the PDP PCC and governor of Sokoto, announced Dogara’s appointment in a statement on Sunday.
Dogara’s appointment comes two days after he declared support for Atiku Abubakar, PDP’s standard bearer.
The Northern Leaders Consultative Forum, which Dogara is a part of, had endorsed Atiku and termed him “the best.”
It is not clear if the former speaker has renounced his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
As a member of the APC, the former speaker of the house of representatives, who is one of the party’s leaders of the Christian faith, kicked against the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the party.
Bola Tinubu, APC presidential candidate and Kashim Shettima, his running mate are both Muslims.
Members of a group of northern Christians in the APC had also expressed reservations over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC, and said it would adopt a consensus candidate.
Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and leader of the group, had said Obi would be the group’s choice.
Dogara, however, alongside other members of the group, distanced themselves from Lawal’s endorsement.
Peter Obi finally releases manifesto, promises to build world-class infrastructure
Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has unveiled his manifesto.
Obi unveiled the 72-page manifesto via his Twitter handle on Sunday.
The manifesto is titled “It’s POssible: Our Pact with Nigerians”.
In the manifesto, the former Anambra governor listed seven priorities his administration would concentrate on if elected president in 2023.
Over the past few days, Obi had come under criticism in some quarters, especially among members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for not having a manifesto.
In October, the LP presidential distanced himself from a manifesto attributed to him.
Obi had said he would personally release the LP manifesto to the public when it is ready.
In the manifesto released on Sunday, the former Anambra governor promised to move Nigeria from a consumption economy to a production-centred economy.
The LP presidential candidate said he would end banditry and insurgency if elected president.
“Restructure the polity through effective legal and institutional reforms to entrench the rule of law, aggressively fight corruption, reduce cost of governance, and establish an honest and efficient civil service,” the manifesto reads.
“Leapfrog Nigeria into the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) through the application of scientific and technological innovations to create a digital economy.
“Build expansive and world-class infrastructure for efficient powers supply, rail, road and air transportation, and pipeline network, through integrated public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurial public sector governance.
“Enhance the human capital of Nigerian youths for productivity and global competitiveness through investment in world-class scholarship and research, quality healthcare, and entrepreneurship education.
“Conduct an afro-centric diplomacy that protects the rights of Nigerian citizens abroad and advances the economic interests of Nigerians and Nigerian businesses in a changing world.”
Sanwo-Olu campaigns in Lagos (Photos)
The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, began the campaign for his re-election bid at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.
Sharing pictures on Twitter, Sanwo-Olu said, “Lagos, today, it begins.
In a powerful show of support, our party leaders and members came out to join me in kicking off the journey to our second term which I have called a #GreaterLagosRising. I am humbled but energised for the vision that was written and is now in motion.
“With exemplary handling of #COVID19 and the many other health emergencies of our current world and the launch of a health insurance scheme that is non-discriminatory and truly citizen-focused, we are positioned to deliver the next best steps. #GreaterLagosRising means more.
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