The vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Datti Baba-Ahmed, says his principal Peter Obi will tackle Nigeria’s fuel subsidy regime in the first 100 days if elected president and would redeploy the funds to key areas.
Baba-Ahmed’s said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s election show The 2023 Verdict on Tuesday.
“In the first 100 days, by the time we sort out the problem of the subsidy scam, and we are able to deploy Nigeria’s wasted funds into education and healthcare, you would begin to feel it (the impact),” he said.
He also promised that Obi’s presidency would reduce the cost of governance and plow the money back into developmental projects.
He added, “You would see that the money that Nigeria has is delivering more – infrastructure, security, public service, health, education, and everything.
“From day one, we are announcing that we are removing personal, political, and group interests from Nigerian financial affairs. That delivers more. That more than multiplies what is delivered to Nigerians.”
Baba-Ahmed further said the over 1.9 million votes gotten by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in Kano State during the 2015 elections would not be won by any candidate in the forthcoming elections.
“The northern Nigerian votes that were waiting to make up the difference which either of the two other runners-up were hoping to get, [it] turned out that they are not getting it.
“The heavy punchers – Kano, for example – is now a watershed of what its votes used to be. In 2015, the 1.9 million votes of Kano, nobody can aspire to have that which of course Buhari punched Jonathan with the final blow. Nobody is going to get that in Kano,” he said.