Okwe Obi, Abuja
Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Yusufu Yabaji, has emerged as the party’s presidential candidate ahead of the 2019 elections.
Yabaji, who was endorsed by delegates across the 36 states’ of the party, said the country needed a fresh start to advance economic and political prosperity.
His words, “Obviously Nigeria needs a fresh start and a new dimension of leadership that is focused, proactive and determined to restore the nation’s dignity through effective, courageous and intelligent leadership.”
He also tarred and feathered the APC-led government for failing to diversify the economy since coming on board, lamenting that over dependence on oil was an anathema for economic development of any nation.
“It pains me greatly that Nigeria, country richly blessed with people and brains is stuck in the backwaters of economic malaise and political instability because of the unimaginative policies our leaders have pursued which are basically predicated on satisfying narrow political interests.
“Nigeria’s economy is heavily dependent on oil but the most embarrassing aspect is that the leaders have created a very disgusting system where crude oil is exported and refined products are imported into the country under a subsidy system that is brimming with unquantifiable level of corruption.”
He continued, “The Nigerian economy has remained largely unproductive in virtually all sectors and the situation has worsened in the last three years of the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He, however, gave hope to Nigerians that if elected, he would transform the economy by investing in the agricultural sector.
“My vision is to transform the economy through massive investment in agriculture, industry manufacturing, and food processing by the establishment of cottage industries across the 774 local governments in the country tp provide jobs for the unemployed,” he noted.