The Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has taken time to present the manifestos of the party to professionals in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He also described the plot to postpone the forthcoming election as ‘absolutely devious’, saying there is no merit in all arguments for it.
Osinbajo said this while addressing journalists at a visit to Ibadan where he met market women and professional groups.
His words: “I think it is an absolutely devious thing to want to postpone the elections. This government had four years to prepare for the elections. There is no merit in any argument for the postponement of the elections. It is a ploy to delay the elections. It is absurd for a country as big as ours that we are conducting elections after four years of preparation, and say at this point that you want to postpone. it is totally unacceptable.”
On the pressure being mounted on the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, Osinbajo said: “INEC is prepared. Prof. Jega is a serious-minded person. He has been doing this for several years. If he says: ‘I am ready’, then he is ready. If pressure is put on him, then we would know it is pressure that is put on him. We will know it is not because Jega is not ready but because somebody else is not ready or somebody else doesn’t want the elections to hold.”
The vice presidential candidate also visited the popular Bodija Market where he was received by market women. He met with professional groups at the Ibadan Civic Centre.
He highlighted the various challenges confronting the country due to what he described as ‘poor governance or leadership,’ Osinbajo laid bare the manifesto of the APC.
They include immediate creation of 20,000 jobs in each state with the assistance of the APC-led Federal Government, controlling and ultimately eradicating corruption, feeding of primary school pupils, tax discounts for entrepreneurs who employ minimum of 10 workers and who pay minimum wage, ending power problem through privatization of transmission, developing Independent Power Projects as well as exploring natural gas.
The manifesto also include free education in primary and secondary school as well as technology, engineering, mathematics and education courses in tertiary institution. Health insurance, social security, investment in housing and infrastructures, road network and railway. He added that the APC government would revive commodity boards to transform the agriculture sector, adding that the government would invest in rice production, milling as well as invest in the entire value change of common farm produce.