Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Alliance for New Nigerian (ANN), Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has promised his party will turn Nigeria to a trillion dollar economy if voted into office in 2019.
“The economy can witness a great turn around in 10 years with careful planning and implementation of a New Economic Development Programme (NEDP). ANN will grow Nigeria’s GDP from the present $510 billion to $4 trillion in 10 years,” he promised.
Olawepo-Hashim disclosed this, yesterday, when he picked the ANN presidential nomination form; where he also said his party will return Nigeria’s economy to the path of prosperity, regretting that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which peaked at $568 billion in 2014, the highest in Africa, suddenly took a plunge and sent the country into recession in 2016, even as the economy has been experiencing slowdown in growth since the beginning of the year.
“With the NEDP, the per capita income of the average Nigerian will hover between $16,000 to $18, 000 within 10 years.
“Nigeria will then be at par with middle-income countries like Malaysia among others.
“NEDP would attract an estimated $2 trillion to infrastructure sector within 10 years.
“The programme will create jobs from manufacturing, and industrialisation as well as link up industries with solid minerals and agricultural sector,” he said.
He also said that President Muhammadu Buhari has attained the peak of his capacity and as such, need not contest the 2019 election.
“I respect President Muhammadu Buhari as a father. He is our Baba and we are his children.
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“I will not insult him because we don’t insult people as a party and where I come from.
“But, the truth is, resident Buhari needs to go and rest. ANN is practically prepared to give him a befitting rest.”
He added that he and his party are equipped to turn Nigeria’s economy around.
National chairman of the party, Pastor Emmanuel Dania, who received Olawepo and his supporters, said the ANN is coming to deliver the country and assured that the party will not engage in acts of vote-buying.