Ag­bakoba, oth­ers prom­ise new Nige­ria as Peo­ples Trust starts cam­paign

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Olalekan Ade­tayo, Abuja

The Na­tional Chair­man of the Peo­ples Trust, Olisa Ag­bakoba (SAN); the party’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Gbenga Olawepo-hashim, and other lead­ers of the party on Satur­day promised to re­store Nige­ria’s lost glory.

They spoke at the com­mence­ment of the party’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in Abuja.

The event, which was held at the Old Pa­rade Ground, Abuja also fea­tured the pre­sen­ta­tion of party flags to the can­di­dates of the party at all lev­els.

The party lead­ers promised to res­cue the na­tion from “the cur­rent state of hope­less­ness, in­se­cu­rity and youth un­em­ploy­ment.”

Ag­bakoba said pro­gres­sive forces in the coun­try had re­solved to work for Olawepo-hashim’s suc­cess in the forth­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“We took a res­o­lute de­ci­sion to form this move­ment we are see­ing to­day. We have re­united un­der a broad plat­form called Third Force and by God’s grace and power, we will win. Let us go to­gether,” he said.

he said the same way pro­gres­sive forces fought the mil­i­tary to a stand­still, they had re­solved to change the cur­rent or­der by elect­ing Olawe­po­hashim as Pres­i­dent.

Olawepo-hashim, in his ad­dress, de­cried the se­cu­rity chal­lenges cur­rently fac­ing the coun­try.

he re­gret­ted that 11 out of 19 North­ern states were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges.

he said, “This is a turn­ing point in the his­tory of Nige­ria. We are at a point where we will ex­change in­sta­bil­ity for se­cu­rity.

“We are at a point where we will dump poverty for pros­per­ity, we are at a point where we will stop the wave of vi­o­lence and ha­tred and build a truly united Nige­ria; where the live of ev­ery Nige­rian will count.

“To­day, 11 out of 19 states of North­ern Nige­ria have lit­er­ar­ily been over­run by ban­dits from across the bor­der and vi­o­lence caused by agents of dis­unity and de­struc­tion.

“The south­ern states have lit­er­ar­ily been over­taken by kid­nap­pers, rob­bers and all sorts of vi­o­lence in­duced by the present state of the econ­omy of the coun­try.

“At the bot­tom of these mas­sive up­heavals in the land is youth un­em­ploy­ment, which has climbed to about 33 per cent to 36 per cent. Now, we have more youths that are un­em­ployed than youths that are gain­fully em­ployed. The na­tional un­em­ploy­ment av­er­age has also climbed to 24 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

“Our re­solve is to build a new econ­omy that will guar­an­tee jobs for our teem­ing youths, em­power our women with the cap­i­tal to take their place in the so­ci­ety and not just in the other room.”

The pres­i­den­tial can­di­date promised to ex­pand the na­tion’s econ­omy to a $4trn econ­omy within 10 years.

he also promised to re­struc­ture the way power is or­gan­ised be­tween the states and the Fed­eral Govern­ment by de­volv­ing power to the states as presently con­sti­tuted so that they can mo­bilise more lo­cal re­sources to ad­dress prob­lems.

Olawepo-hashim said his ad­min­is­tra­tion would em­power states to have their own po­lice along­side with the fed­eral po­lice, so that in­ter­nal se­cu­rity could be en­hanced.

he promised to cre­ate a na­tional guard as an in­ter­me­di­ate force be­tween the Army and the po­lice so that in­ter­nal se­cu­rity could be rapidly re­stored.

he added, “We will build a Nige­ria where ev­ery Nige­rian will be proud of his own pass­port be­cause of our ini­tia­tives on for­eign poli­cies.

“We will cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where more youths will have ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion by in­creas­ing bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor. We will make the nec­es­sary so­ciall in­vest­ments to take our peo­ple rapidly out of poverty.

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