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What the candidates are promising Nigerians

By Chioma Gabriel, Deputy Editor
Goodluck Jonathan:One of my greatest goals in government is to restore the dignity of the Nigerian nation  and her citizens.

I grew up at a time when Nigeria was led by a man I would classify as a specimen of gentle-manliness. Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa led a government that saw Nigeria stand tall as a nation  that was not divided along narrow interests.

As a teenager, my patriotism was further fired up by that phrase from General Yakubu Gowon to the effect that ‘to keep Nigeria One is a task that must be done’. General Gowon made that statement over 40 years ago, but it is as true today as it was then. Nigeria is one Nation and it is our determination  to keep it so.

The biggest task before us in the now is to build this Nation of many peoples into an indivisible Nation where the people united  in one will be greater than the sum of all her constituent parts. We must make the “We the People” call as enshrined in the Supreme Statute of our land, the constitution, come to life in words and deed. Dear Compatriots, my primary goal in government which must not be mistaken is to return Nigeria to “We the people”.— Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

His promises
For President Goodluck Jonathan , improvements in the well-being of Nigerians are the ultimate objective of the PDP’s economic policy, and and he would make accessible to every Nigerian the basic needs of life. His  focus would be to create a market-based economy driven by small and medium scale businesses and regulated by a reformed public sector.

The objective of the party is the pursuit of a strong, virile and diversified economy built to stem rural urban migration through investment in modern agricultural methods. The PDP’s economic policy is centered on people and it seeks to realise the Millennium Development Goals while aiming to develop a middle class driven by small business owners, professional class with access to credit; create easy access to transferable property rights in urban and rural areas; protect the weak and poor through initiatives designed to integrate them in the economy; improve investment in physical and social infrastructure.

The PDP aims, altogether, at establishing the leading economy in Africa as one of the 20 leading and largest economies in the World by 2020; an economy that experiences rapid and sustained growth of not less than 10 percent per annum.

On the judiciary and the administration of justice, the party shall at all times uphold and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; uphold the principles of separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution; uphold the Independence of the Judiciary; ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigerians.

General Muhammadu Buhari:
“Well, it would appear that individuals are free to live wherever they choose to live and live comfortably.
Individuals are also very free to leave the country if they so choose, especially since they would be able to afford it.

Those of us who are sentenced to live in Nigeria will continue to live in this country because for us, we do not have any other country than this and we would not leave the country and go and seek comfort in another country. Well, if people would feel unsafe, they can leave the country.” —General Buhari
His promises

CPC’s General Muhammadu Buhari  plans to generate, transmit and distribute at least 15,000 megawatt of electricity by 2015 and increase it to 50,000 megawatt by 2019 with a view to achieving 24/7 uninterrupted power supply by 2019.

He also promises a fundamental political reform and improvement in governance to make it more transparent and accountable. CPC will initiate action to amend the Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties and responsibilities to states and local government to entrench federalism and the federal spirit.

General Buhari would also effect changes in five key areas when elected into power. They are politics and governance, security and conflict resolution, the economy and infrastructure base, the society and human capital development and the environment. He will facilitate the removal of immunity clauses from our constitution.

With the removal of immunity clause, the president, vice-presidents, governors, deputy governors can be prosecuted for civil or criminal offences. He will initiate action(s) towards constitutional amendments, to ensure true federalism.

Ibrahim Shekarau:
“ Those who call themselves  northern elders, up till today, none of them has approached me as I speak to you.  No group of people has come out to say ‘yes, we have constituted ourselves into a body of elders and we represent the North’ and they  approached me, none.  The ones who even paraded themselves as such are limited to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

That was their show and not representative of the North as a whole. If they were representing the North as they claimed, why didn’t they invite some of us who were not in PDP.  I think we are misusing the phrase.

There is no such thing as a group for us in the North.  They didn’t invite us from the beginning to the end of their process, it was a PDP affair.  That is mere wishful-thinking for those who were trying to do it.  People can wish for there to be a consensus candidate from the North, but the question to ask is: what are people doing to achieve that.”—Ibrahim Shekarau

His promises
Shekarau, ANPP presidential candidate, believes  that if he focuses on upright leadership, all the ills of the country including corruption, unstable power supply, poor infrastructure and inadequate health facilities would be addressed.

Nuhu Ribadu:
“ The time has come for people of our generation to take a plunge and liberate Nigeria from the woods. Those who ruled us in the past and disappointed us should not be given a chance to come back because they had their chance and failed. Our generation should be given the chance to lead Nigeria and this is the change that we desire and we believe we can. Together we can.” —Nuhu Ribadu

His promises
Nuhu Ribadu promises that his administration would bring to all Nigerians a sense of hope that would radiate across the land when the party initiates its one million houses a-year programme and through this scheme alone, open the doors for 30 million jobs. He also plans to create a highly trained, highly mobile and highly motivated military corps; create and maintain Armed Forces capable of discharging their constitutional role at all times and in all circumstances. He also would use the armed forces to support the country’s foreign policy objectives.

On foreign policy, the party states it will pursue friendly and reciprocal relations on a bilateral and multilateral basis across the world, especially within the West Africa sub-region and within Africa as a whole.

He promises to observe conventions and obligations of regional and international organisations of which Nigeria is a member; maintain and strengthen Nigeria’s membership of regional and international organisations to facilitate the attainment of Nigeria’s national interest. The party says it will resist all forms of discrimination, domination and aggression against Nigeria and against any other state. The party’s health policy will place greater emphasis on preventive and primary healthcare.


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