No Government Exists Without Security Of Lives And Property, Says Peter Obi

 

The former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has said that no government exists without securing the lives and properties of the citizens.

Mr. Obi stated this on Tuesday while speaking at The Platform, a programme by the Covenant Christian Centre to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day.

He said Nigeria needs to do something very quickly and drastically on its present security situation.

“The number one job of any government in any society is to provide security for lives and properties.

“If you cannot do that then the government does not exist.”

Mr Obi explained that one of the major things needed in the country to grow its economy is an investment but questioned how secured the nation is for investors.

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He noted that security is a fundamental factor that attracts foreign investors.

According to Mr Obi, there are major factors affecting the growth of the nation which is security, education and Our economy (with emphasis on solving the current underemployment and unemployment situation)

He said Nigeria is borrowing and not impacting on the development of the country.

“We are borrowing but it is not impacting our growth. One of the crises we face as a country is the high level of our debt accumulation.

“Today Nigeria’s debt is about 28 trillion dollars. Our debt to GDP is about 25%. Singapore’s debt to GDP is 100%. In Singapore, you can only borrow for capital projects that will pay itself back.

“Nigeria’s unemployment rate is over 25%,  global life expectancy is 75 years, while for Nigeria, it is 54 years.

“Nigeria is the only country where you have a low literacy rate of 51% and this is caused by the nonchalant attitude towards our educational system”.

Mr Obi further stated that Nigeria is the home of the highest number of poor people on Earth, and in every minute, six Nigerians fall into poverty.

He said investors need peace to enjoy their dividends. Nobody is going to invest in an unsecured place no matter how huge the profit seems.

“Our ten years budget in education is not up to South African’s one year budget in education

Education

A growing economy invests at least 4% to 5% of the GDP in education.

Education is not an expense, it is an investment. The more you invest in education, the better your society.

The Chinese annual budget for education is 580 billion dollars.

In the last 10 years, Nigeria has budgeted about $4.5bn for education, less than the amount South Africa spends annually on its education.

If the money spent on subsidy was invested in education and health, it would have impacted positively in our economy at large.

Unemployment

Talks about the economy is incomplete without addressing the issue of employment and unemployment.

Unemployment and under-employment are the greatest contributors to the challenges to the growth of our economy. When people don’t have jobs, we will have terrorists and criminals in society.

‘A Great Patriot’: Atiku, Saraki, Others Celebrate Peter Obi

Presidential election: Why Atiku Is Challenging Buhari’s Victory – Obi
File: (L-R) Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar.

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has congratulated his running mate in the 2019 general elections, Mr Peter Obi, on his birthday.

As the former Anambra State governor turned 58 on Friday, Atiku and former Senate President Bukola Saraki, as well as other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took to Twitter to praise him.

Others who sent their goodwill messages to the former governor include Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, and Senator Uche Ekwunife.

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Responding to Atiku’s tweet, Obi thanked the PDP presidential candidate who he described as “one of the most hardworking men”.

Read the tweets below:

@atiku. You are one of the most hardworking men I know and I am proud to be your right hand man in this project to get Nigeria working again. -PO https://t.co/5VdLWo02Eo

— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) July 19, 2019

VIDEO: Peter Obi, Chris Ngige Hug At Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal

President Muhammadu Buhari’s former Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Friday met with the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Peter Obi at the Tribunal.

Both from different political parties shared a quick embrace and laughed loudly when they met inside the courtroom.

They also exchanged pleasantries and jested after which Obi shook hands with members of the PDP legal team.

Ngige and Obi had past history of political rivalry when Ngige took over from Obi as Anambra State Governor in 2017, when both trade words about

The PDP at the Petitions Tribunal is challenging President Buhari’s victory at February 23, 2019 election.

Watch the video below…

Peter Obi Attends Inaugural Session Of Presidential Election Tribunal

Peter Obi at the Presidential Election Petition Panel in Abuja on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV

 

The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently-concluded presidential election, Peter Obi, on Wednesday attended the inaugural session of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.

The petitions tribunal commenced its inaugural sitting on Wednesday morning.

Obi at the venue of the tribunal at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal sat in the rear row at the left side of the courtroom.

He is the only high-profile candidate in the disputed election spotted in the courtroom.

Obi’s presence at the courtroom comes amid rumours that he is admitted at a hospital in Anambra after suffering a heart attack.

The media aide to Obi, Mr Valentine Obienyem, however, dismissed the rumor stating that those behind the report are liars.

READ ALSO: Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal Commences Sitting

The PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had earlier filed a petition to challenge the outcome of the 2019 elections which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared was won by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Other petitions filed by other political parties and their presidential candidates include that of Hope Democratic Party, Ambrose Awuru against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Chairman of the opening session of the election tribunal is the President of the Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

Also on the panel is the chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Panel, Justice Abdul Aboki.

Atiku’s Legal Team Decries Refusal By INEC To Produce Polling Documents

 

The Atiku-Obi presidential election petition legal team has decried the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce polling documents from the February the 23rd, 2019 presidential elections even after the Court of Appeal granted an order directing the commission to allow them access.

A member of the team, Mr Silas Onu says INEC have continued to deny them access to the materials which had been inspected and paid for in the previous week.

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Mr Onu explained that efforts to meet with INEC’s legal team has become an uphill task as he insisted that they will continue to follow up until the commission complies with the court order.

He added that they may be forced to file for contempt against the INEC chairman and other officers of the commission if they do not give a positive response soon.

Meanwhile, INEC’s director of voter education, and publicity Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi says the claims are not true but if the PDP is insisting on that position they should go back to the court and file a complaint.

Why Atiku Is Challenging Buhari’s Victory At Tribunal – Obi

Presidential election: Why Atiku Is Challenging Buhari’s Victory – Obi

 

Former Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, has explained why former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the opposition party are challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 election.

In a statement on Tuesday, Obi believed that the Atiku and the PDP approached the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to grow the nation’s democracy.

He commended the former vice president and the party for choosing what he described as the most civilised manner to seek redress.

READ ALSO: Atiku, PDP Finally File Petition Against Buhari’s Victory

According to the former Anambra State governor, Atiku is always standing for democracy while the PDP has nurtured it for 16 years and conducted one of the most credible elections it lost and seamlessly handed over.

He asked the lovers of democracy and justice to be happy with the development, noting that it would have been suicidal to ignore “the monumental fraud” and let it go unchallenged.

“By challenging the fraud, we have decided to deepen democracy the civilised way as a party and a people that believe in the rule of law,” the statement said.

Obi called on all Democrats to remain focused, stressing that victory would always come the way of those who seek justice and fairness.

Nigeria Cannot Grow With Election Rigging, Says Peter Obi

Obi

 

Mr Peter Obi, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in February 23, 2019, Presidential election, has said that the nation cannot grow with election rigging.

Mr Obi in a statement on Sunday, said that the process through which people come into office is far more important than what they do thereafter and that forms the basis of their integrity.

He asserted that election rigging is the worst form of vices and indeed the root of corruption as it goes to impact negatively on the political and economic growth of the country.

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Mr. Obi notes that the fraud that characterized this year’s election has greatly undermined the country’s democracy, its future and has significantly damaged the on going fight against all vices and tainted the integrity of those responsible.

The VP candidate who governed Anambra state for eight years said through a statement from his media office, that Nigeria cannot quantify the enormity of damage the electoral fraud has done to the psyche of the country.

He described such negative acts like election manipulation as the the real reason why this country is not growing and has been unable to tackle the existing myriads of problems like unemployment and its attendant vices.

“The only thing rigging does to a country is that it continues to keep incompetent people in office, and as a result rather than put energy in creating jobs to engage its teeming youths, it instead channels it trying to contain all sorts of vices and brigandage..

He also lamented the further effects of election rigging which encourages incompetent person to hang on în office and cause more harm to the society.

Obi finally remarked that his main concern and worry is how to create jobs and engage millions of Nigerian youths roaming the streets doing nothing at their prime productive ages.

Elections: Peter Obi Cautions Against Electoral Violence, Intimidation On Saturday

Peter Obi

 

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has cautioned against violence and intimidation during Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the country.

Mr. Obi made this remark on Thursday in Onitsha, Anambra State, where he warned against a repeat of the anomalies and electoral malpractices that he said characterized the Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 23, 2019.

“All of us, starting from the Federal Government to all Nigerians, should ensure that this election does not in any way reflect what happened on February 23 which is impacting negatively on our country.”

The former governor of Anambra State condemned the violence and killing in the South-South, as well as the alleged intimidation of Igbo people in Lagos and rigging in some parts of the North, warning that such could cause apathy during Saturday’s polls.

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“Elections should be free in the South-South. The South-South governors are already doing very well and should be encouraged.

“South-South is critical to Nigeria and the development of this country. South East is peaceful and should be maintained. Areas of the North, there should be allowed free and fair elections. What happened in Lagos should not be allowed again. People should be free to vote in Lagos,” he stated.

He noted that anything short of credible and peaceful conduct of the elections would be inimical to the development of the country and further cast Nigeria in bad light among the comity of nations.

He challenged the security agencies to be professional and never allow themselves to be compromised.

Obi Faults Conduct Of Elections, Accuses APC Of Intimidation

The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has alleged that there was an orchestrated plan to disfranchise voters in the South-East region of the country in last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

During a press briefing in Onitsha on Tuesday, Mr. Obi questioned why Anambra State with 2.4 million registered voters had only about 600,000 votes cast, while some states in the troubled region of the North recorded far more, even less registered voters.Mr. Obi also alleged that there was the absence of a level playing field in the run-up to the polls, as characterised by high level of intimidation and harassment of the opposition.

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He also faulted INEC for insisting on the use of card readers in some parts of the country, especially in areas considered as PDP strongholds, whereas manual accreditation was allowed in some other parts of the country during the elections.

“I noticed on the day of the election that several card readers were not working. I also noticed that during the voting, the process was clumsy because card readers were not functioning and where they worked they were slow,” he said.

The former governor of Anambra State also alleged inflation of votes in some areas where the APC won, adding that the country had failed to build on the success achieved in the 2015 general elections.

General Elections: ‘I Have Faith In The Process’, Obi Says After Casting His Vote

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi says he is satisfied with the voting process.

He stated this on Saturday after casting his votes in Umudinma Kafi in Agwulu 2 ward in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“I have faith in the process but that doesn’t mean the process is perfect,” he said stressing that it took him too much time to go through the process.

“Well, I am not tensed but the system is still a bit clumsy for a lot of people. We look at the time it takes to look at the process. When I got there, I had to ask because the things and everything were not proper.”

Obi, who is also the immediate past governor of the Southeastern state, noted it was too early to assess the outcome of the election.

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According to him, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) still needs to look at some hitches associated with election materials.

Reacting to projections for the election, Obi said, “It is too early to comment on it. Here (in Anambra), it is credible enough, but it is too early to comment on the elections.

When asked to clarify on the reported harassment of some PDP chieftains by some security operatives last night, he simply affirmed saying “Yes. Capital Yes!”

He stated that most bigwigs of his party, including himself, were harassed last night, he, however, denied having any knowledge on their release.

“I don’t know whether they were arrested but I said. Most of them were harassed including myself and I say Yes!, Capital yes!. I expect there will be an election where Nigerians will determine their future. (The harassment) spells trouble for the country.”

Minimum Wage: States Should Determine What They Pay Their Workers, Says Peter Obi

 

Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Peter Obi says there is the need for states to determine what they pay their workers based on their realities.

“Minimum wage doesn’t have to be universal,” he said on New Year’s Day during his appearance on Politics Today.

“I don’t believe that somebody In Lagos should earn the same thing as somebody who is in, maybe, Anambra State or somebody in Maiduguri.”

He, however, stressed that it was important to have a federal minimum wage which is the product of proper talks with labour.

If elected, Obi who is the running mate of Atiku Abubakar for the forthcoming Presidential election said, “We will sit down with labour to find a constructive and acceptable decision”.

His views on the matter are not new.

During his tenure as governor of Anambra State, he had expressed them.

“I argued that every state is not the same. I said every state is not the same; every state won’t pay the same,” he said.

What is ideal for him is that: “There has to be a federal minimum, then each state, working within this minimum, can decide where they should go. That is what is obtainable all over the world”.

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Asked what amount he thinks should be a minimum, he stressed that it would be determined at a meeting with labour, if his party wins the election.

“I can tell you this – you know what we are saying here – I am sure we will be able to come out with what is acceptable because I know we will sit down and discuss this constructively with the labour.”

Mr Obi, who condemned the Federal Government’s borrowing plan, argued that the amount spent on infrastructure did not correspond with the level of borrowing.

He rubbished claims that the PDP’s campaign was not working, insisting that such claims were part of efforts to divert attention from the real issues.

“The issue in this campaign is about millions of unemployment Nigerians,” he said, adding, “We have millions of Nigerians who don’t know where the next meal will come from”.

Citing the ongoing ASUU strike, which has grounded academic activities in universities, he said adequate attention was not being paid to critical issues in the country.

The Nigerian civil service is considered bloated and inefficient by many, but Mr Obi is confident that an administration led by him and Atiku can turn it around without much trouble.

“You can make it work; you can make it to be productive,” he said of the civil service.

“There is nothing about being overbloated. Yes, there might be issues but you can make it work. You can decide to make every worker, every employee to be productive.”

That objective, to him, can be achieved by engaging the civil servants, properly, and properly regulate them to ensure everyone feels a sense of purpose.

‘We Are Paying For Inefficiency’: Peter Obi Blasts FG’s Subsidy Policy

Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Peter Obi, has once again condemned the subsidy policy of the Federal Government.

As far as Mr Obi is concerned, the country will be better off if the government used the funds that go into subsidy in providing better education for citizens.

Mr Obi spoke about the issues during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday.

“I have said it categorically, we are paying for inefficiency,” he said.

In defending his criticism of the subsidy payments, Mr Obi also accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of coming up with bogus policies on health and education.

He said, “Go and check the just presented 2019 budget. Health is N341bn and education is about N450bn.

“So, if you put health and education which is the most critical component of the development of any economy together it is N800bn when you are paying over a trillion (naira) in subsidy. It is unacceptable.”

Obi

When it was suggested that stopping the subsidy would mean higher fuel prices, he restated his position that the government was ‘paying for inefficiency’.

“If you remove it (subsidy), I can assure you that within a year of efficient management of that process, the price would be what it is today if not less.

“Part of what we are paying today is the demurrage they pay at the ports. If a vessel comes into our ports to discharge it takes weeks.”

Should Mr Obi and Atiku Abubakar succeed in ousting President Buhari, he said the right thing to do is to tackle the inefficiency.

The PDP VP candidate is confident that without subsidy and effective management of the processes, the worst that could happen is that Nigerians would only pay higher for the product temporarily.

He said, “If they have to pay more temporarily, it would come down. When we were talking about the telephone, for example, we know where it started.

“Today, it is almost free. Of course, when you start it, it might be a little more. But if you follow it through and do the proper thing, I can convince you the price will come down. What we are paying today is for inefficiency, period. It is like that in everything.”

To further back his position, Mr Obi said it takes two weeks for trailers that get into the Apapa port.

“So, a trailer that will charge you to bring out your goods from Apapa Port, instead of charging you N200, 000 will charge you almost a million because it takes him two weeks to go in and about a week to come out. For three years, we couldn’t even clear out trailers from Apapa port to Ikorodu. It doesn’t make sense.”