Wednesday, 12 June 2013

How APC Will Save Nigeria When Given The Mandate In 2015 ––Bola Tinubu Speaks

National leader of newly formed mega party, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has unfolded plans by the party to salvage Nigeria by burying their individual political ambition for the good of the country.
“I do not support the Jonathan government but I oppose anyone seeking its premature, illegal end. Let this government end at the appointed time...Then I shall say good riddance.”
He said the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP government is serving Nigerians a 'salad of corruption' and leading the country on the path of retrogression, but vowed that the APC will put an end to all such nonsense and make Nigerians proud of their country again
In a speech he delivered at the British House of Commons, Tinubu said he and other leaders of the APC would sacrifice personal political ambition to ensure democracy survives despite what he claimed was the present disregard of the present leadership for the ballot as demonstrated in the recent Nigeria Governors Forum election where he said the loser was made to claim victory.

APC to tackle poverty
Tinubu said the APC government would in its first four years pursue an aggressive plan to lift at least 20 per cent of Nigerians living in poverty out of that level. As part of the plans to eliminate poverty, he said the APC would introduce the first national social security scheme under which Nigerians above 60 years would be entitled to monthly handouts from the Federal Government.

In his entourage to London Tinubu had Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Minority Leader of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji; Jumoke Okoya-Thomas among others.

Claiming lack of foresight by the current leadership, Tinubu said the gathering of progressives in the APC would use the power of the ballot to oust the Jonathan administration in the coming general election.

APC’s plans for government
“The Central focus of our efforts in the coming years must be the implementation of the most extensive and aggressive plan to lift as many Nigerians out of poverty as possible. Our desire is to be able to move at least 20% of our people out of poverty (defined as earning less than a dollar a day) in the first four years of our administration.”

He said that besides fast-tracking the construction of Independent Power Plants, IPPs, in industrial zones, the APC government would also initiate “the construction of Trans-State highways, such as the speed train that will connect the nation’s zones and move people, fuel, farm produce and goods, cost-efficiently across the country.”

National Social Security Scheme
“First, we intend to establish a partly contributory National Social Security Scheme. Some categories of the poor and vulnerable will benefit with or without contribution. We believe that every Nigerian above the age of 60 who is not under a pension scheme and also qualifies as poor by a “Means Test” must be given a monthly stipend. Widows and the disabled proved by a “Means Test” to be poor must also be provided a monthly stipend whenever they are unemployed. They become disentitled when they are employed.

“An important component of state intervention to redress poverty is the one meal a day programme for primary and secondary school pupils."

Speaking further Tinubu said “Our people live in dire straits. But this [PDP] government would rather waste the money than spend it on the public benefit. They do not believe the people are worth it.

"The money is more important. They claim to be hoarding it for that mythical rainy day, when most Nigerians are drowning in poverty. If that is not troubled waters, I don’t know what new calamity will make this government ever recognize the need to build the new bridges needed for the people to cross over into prosperity.

I have said this before and I shall say it again. These leaders would rather save the money and spend the people. We progressives would rather spend the money to save the people.”

“It is for this reason – to save the nation from the stranglehold of permanent poverty and poor governance – that the members of the progressive opposition political parties have decided to put aside personal ambition to form a new party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. We do this because Nigeria has entered a critical state of economic depression.”

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