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Musa, Onovo, Ezekwesili Call For RED CARD To PDP, APC: 2019 Election

Unic Press UK: Obiageli Ezekwesili, the former Vice President of Africa at The World Bank Group and former Minister of Education in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in a statement yesterday akin to a ‘battle cry’, called on Nigerians to see 2018 as the beginning of an onslaught on the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People Democratic Party (PDP) to banish both political parties from power.

Obiageli Ezekwesili

Obiageli Ezekwesili

In a series of tweets yesterday, Ezekwesili, popularly known as Oby, said Nigerians should end “the reign of the status quo Decadent Political Class”, saying that Nigerians should rise to their feet, issue a “RED CARD” to the purveyors of decadence, particularly the All Progressive Congress and the People Democratic Party. “My CONVICTION is that it is TIME to END the tyranny of rulership of a WICKED minority Political elite class”, Oby wrote on Twitter.

Martin Onovo, a public figure and eminent consulting engineer and energy expert, who was the 2015 Presidential Candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), described the APC-led government as same as the very corrupt PDP.

Unic staff asked Onovo his views about the acute scarcity of fuel in Nigeria. He said:

“The main issue is that this APC-led government is ineffective and promotes monumental corruption. The All Progressive Congress (APC) is very corrupt. NNPC is a very corrupt corporation. And talking about corruption in the NNPC brings to the fore the recent scandal – the gross violation of due process in awarding $25 billion contracts. The Federal Government overseeing the NNPC is known for its lethargic approach to every problem, lax in handling even very sensitive or serious problems. To promote corruption, the four refineries in the country are deliberately set up in a way that does not restore their optimal refining capacity. This government is obviously very ineffective.” (Martin Onovo: December 2017)

Martin Onovo

Martin Onovo

The former Governor of the old Kaduna State, Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, who spoke at the 54th meeting of the National Executive Committee of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), said:

“… our nation today remains in a very sorry state despite all the lofty promises and flowery speeches made by the ruling government of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the inception of the Administration in 2015. The economy remains comatose, and in some sectors, particularly in industry and commerce, it is even getting worse. Monetary and fiscal management has continued to lack coherence and consistency, or even predictability and strategic planning. Unemployment, particularly amongst the youth, who constitute the bulk of our population, has assumed critical proportions and is now, for all practical purposes, a national emergency.” (Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa: December 2017)

Nigeria – Economic Indicators & Other Information

  • Consumer Price Index (CPI): The CPI which measures inflation increased 15.90 percent (year-on-year) in November 2017, illustrating a 0.01 percent points lower than the rate recorded in October (15.91). [National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria]
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP): USD404.65 billion as of 2016. [World Bank].
  • GDP per capita: USD2,175.67 as of 2016. [World Bank].
  • Unemployment: “The unemployment rate increased from 14.2% in Q4 2016 to 16.2% in Q2 2017 and 18.8% in Q3 2017, the country’s Bureau of Statistics said in its report ‘Labor Force Statistics Vol. 1: Unemployment and Underemployment Report (Q1-Q3 2017)’ of December 2017.
  • Population: 185.98 million as of 2016. [World Bank].
  • Life expectancy at birth [2015]: 52.9 years as of 2015. [World Bank].
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