The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, caught red-handed for reeling out fake and outlandish figures on Friday night went further low early Saturday: he deleted one of the misleading tweets. Peter Gregory Obi Obi had claimed during the live TV debate on Friday in Abuja that Nigeria attracted $41 billion Foreign Direct Investment in its economy in 2015 and that the value of the FDI fell to to $12.5 billion under the Buhari administration, to justify why Buhari must leave looters alone and mind the economy.
Obi, who told many lies during the debate, was fact-checked and his figure for 2015 was found to be wide off the mark. Apparently embarrassed, he deleted the tweet and replaced it with another.
Here were his original tweet and the correction he got: *Obi’s deleted tweet The fact checking that showed that Obi lied Obi’s new tweet skirted 2015 and now quoted a figure for 2014. Peter Obi @PeterObi · 20h Replying to @PeterObi Currently, we have a government that is doing what it is not suppose to do.
The job of Government is supervision and to create an enabling environment for investments to thrive. #2019debate Peter Obi @PeterObi In 2014, we generated $21bn in FDI, in 2017, Nigeria attracted only $12bn. Unemployment & underemployment was 24% in 2014. In 2017 it is now 40%. Even our stock market has lost over N2Trillion in one year.
You can’t shut down your shop and be chasing criminals. #2019Debate 1,344 6:36 AM – Dec 15, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy 732 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Even that figure was false. ProShare , an investment company dealing with equities said $2.7billion was what came in in 2014 and it fell to $720m in 2015, rising again to $1.4b in 2016, falling again in 2017 to $980million. Trading Economies.com said Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria averaged 1279.72 USD Million from 2007 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 3084.90 USD Million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and a record low of 435.64 USD Million in the second quarter of 2018. IndexMundi, quoting IMF figures also gave FDI for Nigeria as $5,562,874,000 in 2013, $4,655,849,000 in 2014(far lower than the $24billion quoted by Obi), $3,128,592,000 in 2015 and $4,434,648,000 in 2016. It fell to $3.4billion in 2017, according to World Bank data. And here is a CBN report on Direct Investments inflow to Nigeria’s economy.
The CBN said it increased by 0.7 per cent to US$438.84 million when compared with the preceding quarter of 2018. It however, indicated a decline of 45.0 per cent when compared to the corresponding period of 2017. “Portfolio Investments inflow to the economy decreased significantly to US$1,790.83 million in Q3 2018 from US$4,233.38 million and US$3,320.84 million in the preceding quarter and the corresponding period of 2017, respectively .
However, other investment liabilities increased slightly to US$4,281.48 million when compared with US$3,226.58 million recorded in the preceding quarter”. Other lies of Obi: *Peter Obi lied when he said SMEs get only 0.5% of total bank loans of N19trillion to the private sector in Nigeria. According to CBN, the actual figure is N22.44 trillion and only 0.1% goes to the SMEs, as at March 2018. *Peter Obi said Nigeria’s unemployment is 42%. But NBS statistics said it was 14.2%. Related IT innovation: Nigeria spends $70bn to support start-ups November 15, 2017 There is ‘No good Brexit’ for UK car parts boss November 16, 2018
The United States Government has expressed fear that the Nigeria’s general elections scheduled for 2019 are likely to be characterised by violence.
It said the conduct of the elections could have significant consequences for the democratic trajectory of Nigeria, West Africa, and the entire continent.
The US, however, said the public disturbance that the elections would cause might not be “large-scale nationwide conflict” but “localised violence.”
The US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, disclosed this in his presentation during the US Congress hearing on Nigeria’s forthcoming elections in Washington DC on Thursday.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Ben Murray-Bruce; and the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Nnena Ukeje, were present at the hearing titled, “Nigeria at a Crossroads: The Upcoming Elections.”
Our correspondent obtained a copy of Nagy’s speech on Friday.
Nagy, who is a member of President Donald Trump’s administration and his lead foreign policy adviser for Africa, said the Department of State agreed with the view that Nigeria’s 2019 general elections would serve as critical test.
He said, “I can tell you from my impressions during my travels and my previous service in Nigeria that I fear there will be some violence around these elections, as has been the case with previous elections.
“I do not anticipate large-scale nation-wide conflict, but rather localised violence.
“We are already seeing increased tensions and polarisation as the election approaches. We assess that politicians are turning to narratives of identity politics in an attempt to improve their popularity, with potentially serious consequences for national unity.
“However, Nigeria’s political system and society have weathered such tensions before.”
Nagy said the US government took the risk of any loss of human life during the elections seriously.
To this end, he said when he was in Nigeria, he asked officials from both major political parties to sign pledges that their candidates would conduct peaceful campaigns.
He noted that the major candidates had now signed a peace pact.
He listed states that might experience violence during the elections to include Rivers, Borno, Benue, Plateau and Kano.
He added, “In assessing potential ‘hotspots’ for violence, we look at places that are historically volatile around elections such as Rivers and Borno states.
“We look at states that are currently tense, especially if state-level politics are contentious like those in Benue, Plateau, as well as those in high-stakes locations with large populations such as Kano.
“We regularly engage with civil society organisations working in these ‘hotspots’ and support their peacebuilding efforts. USAID programmes and our public diplomacy campaigns also support peace campaigns across the country, such as #VoteNotFight.
“Through our YALI Network Nigeria campaign, Nigerians have made over 10,000 pledges to boost voter participation, reject violence, and vote with integrity.”
On expectations and concerns, Nagy said the US government was monitoring and messaging – both publicly and privately – to mitigate a few key areas of risk that could jeopardise a free and fair process.
He listed the areas of concerns to include potential attacks on the legitimacy of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the electoral process for political gain; intimidation and partisanship by security forces; and heightened insecurity, terrorist attacks on electoral institutions, or violence towards voters, observers, or electoral officials.
Others are inability of large numbers of Internally Displaced Persons or persons with disabilities to vote; voter suppression, the use of armed gangs for voter intimidation as well as wide-spread vote buying that challenges the integrity of the electoral process.
According to him, the US government will be watching closely for instigators of violence or those attempting to undermine the democratic process.
He added that the US was helping Nigeria to strengthen its democratic institutions and processes through diplomacy and robust public engagement.
While saying that the US does not support any candidate, he said the government “supports a democratic process that is free, fair, transparent, peaceful, and reflects the will of the Nigerian people.”
Nagy said only Nigerians could determine lasting solutions and a path forward toward peace and stability.
“2019 will be a significant year for Nigerian democracy – it has been 20 years since the country returned to democratic rule and this election’s youngest voters have never known a Nigeria without democracy,” he added.
Buhari is the one promoting violence –CUPP
However, the All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Coalition of United Political Parties have reacted to the development.
The first national spokesperson of the CUPP, Imo Ugochinyere, in an interview with Saturday PUNCHsaid the US government was 100 per cent correct in its fear of possible outbreak of violence.
He, however, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was the one promoting violence by his actions, inactions and body language.
He said, “The American government is 100 per cent right in its assertion. President Buhari is the one that laid the foundation for violence by not signing the Electoral Act (Amended) Bill that would have ensured credible elections.
“The President is promoting violence by giving an illegal extension of tenure to a rampaging Inspector-General of Police who has been behaving like an opposition member.
“Buhari is encouraging violence by inviting security chiefs to the inauguration of his re-election document at a time insurgents were killing our soldiers on the battle field.”
Also, the PDP said the ruling APC and Buhari should be held responsible if there is any crisis in the country before, during and after the elections.
The party said that actions, words and attitudes of the ruling party and the President were not indicating that the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission were ready to conduct credible elections.
The party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, who spoke with one of our correspondents, therefore appealed to Nigerians and the international community to pay attention to happenings in the country ahead of the elections.
Secondus said, “We are aware that the Federal Government and the APC are jittery over the reduced popularity of the President and his acceptability by Nigerians as a result of poor performance of President Buhari.”
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Isa-Onilu, said the ruling party aligned with the fears expressed by the US government.
But he attributed the possible cause of electoral violence to what he described as the worrisome signals from the opposition PDP.
He claimed that the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had attempted to avoid signing the peace agreement designed by the National Peace Committee before he was put under pressure to do so.
Isa-Onilu said, “We align with the concern raised. It is a major concern to the Federal Government and the APC. We will do our best to provide a conducive environment for the elections.”
Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos state, has given reason why he left the camp of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In a statement on Saturday, Agbaje said it was based on differences in principles, as he took exception to the rule of one man dictating how Lagos should be governed.
It would be recalled that Agbaje parted ways with Tinubu in 2007 to join the Democratic Peoples’ Alliance (DPA) as its governorship candidate.
“I take exception to the rule of one man in a metropolitan state like Lagos.
“I have no personal rift with him (Tinubu). What exists between us is all about differences in value and principle. When we were together, I discovered that his own idea of democracy was not what I was taught, so I had to take an exit.
“I am saying that what we are running today in Lagos is a one-man Lagos. A Lagos where somebody says when he is going to bed, Lagos is going to bed, to me that can no longer be tolerable. Lagos must be made to work for the people of Lagos,” Agbaje said.
In addition, he said the ruling APC was foisting “opaqueness in public spending,” pointing out that, it had refused to open up its activities to the people of the state who were not getting value for taxes they paid.
“It is unfortunate that Lagos State under the control of the APC has refused to domesticate the Freedom of Information Act. Everything in government in Lagos State is shrouded in secrecy. The time has come to hand the fortune of the state over to the people.
“Seven trillion naira is what the state government has spent in the last 20 years, and what have we got to show for it? If you look at the average for education in Lagos, only 20 per cent of our children have passed WAEC in five years. The question is, are we getting value? The answer is, we are not getting value at all,” Agbaje said.
The latest revelation by the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, shows that his counterparts in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have joined All Progressives Congress (APC) to support President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election.
“We are now just waiting to swear-in Mr. President in 2019 from what I saw today,” he said
Lalong spoke yesterday in Jos after returning from a meeting with the President in Abuja, which according to him was attended by other governors across all political parties including the PDP.
He said, “I am just coming back from Abuja. Today, the governors went to greet Mr. President; both the APC and the PDP governors. We were surprised, we thought it’s only the APC governors that like President Buhari, but when we got there every body praised President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Both the APC and the PDP governors said Mr. President has done very well for the country. They told the President, you have rescued Nigeria from crisis and poverty. And they concluded that may God help you and may God help us as well.”
The governor, who also commissioned his campaign office for his 2019 re-election bid along Yakubu Gowon road, Jos, said he was overwhelmed by the turn out, adding that it was a testimony that Plateau people wanted him to continue is good works in the state.
Also speaking at the event, the state APC chairman, Mr. Latep Dabang warned that the campaign office was not meant for the commissioners to come and hang around, ordering them to go to their various local governments and campaign among the grassroots and deliver their councils to APC in the elections.
Dabang also declared that the APC campaign office was the most prominent in the state, noting that other parties can only copy from the APC.
Also speaking, Mr. Pam Dung Gyang, the Governors campaign organisation Director General said, “I see the event as the opening of new era in Plateau.
“Your leadership style and track record show that you have the capacity to take Plateau to the next level. We are assuring you that we are working hard and doing our best to ensure that there is no vacancy in Government House come 2019.
We now have peace in Plateau, barracks have been established, and schools have been established among many other achievements. We shall launch our campaign and all other parties shall go into hiding. “
In November 2017, a prominent PDP governor, David Umahi of Ebonyi State, said he would love to see Buhari re-contest in 2019.
PDP is yet to react at the time of filing this report.
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A respected political commentator, Prof. Akin Oyebode (SAN), said electorates would be confused in Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections considering the number of political parties that would be on the ballot papers.
The vibrant professor of law described the number of registered political parties in the country ahead of the much anticipated elections as a big joke, describing it a “child play.”
Oyebode, who is known for his sound diction on several interviews on Channels TV, taught Nigeria’ Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN)at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.
In his latest interview published by The Punch Newspapers, Oyebode said registering 90 political parties means “we have reduced everything to a child’s play.”
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should set standard for anyone or body that wants to register a political party.
Prof. Oyebode said:
“That is why I am in support of limiting the number of political parties that we have, perhaps by setting some benchmarks as minimum votes that they have to win in the election.
‘For instance, it could be two per cent of the registered votes or five per cent of the electorate, so that we can whittle down this horrendous number of parties. It also gives me this impression that Nigerian parties are not organic parties, they are synthetic and they are almost artificial parties only in name and do not really have root in the community.
‘I have vehemently opposed the registration of the large number of parties. People can be organised but they do not have the right to spoil our political destiny, to make it look like a joke; it is a rude and ugly joke that Nigeria could accept to have up to 90 parties. How would the ballot paper look with 90 political parties? The electorate would be confused!
Awolowo’s shoes are too big for anyone in South West
When asked if anyone could step into the shoes left behind by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the South West, Oyebode posited that Awo’s shoes are too big for anyone to wear.
‘Chief Obafemi Awolowo was an acknowledged and celebrated man of Yoruba extraction. Chief Awolowo left his mark, and the shoes he left behind are too big for anyone to occupy.
“Anyone who says now he is a successor to Awolowo is a pretender and is playing false game to that kind of leadership in the Yoruba land. The Yorubas were led in the 2015 in voting for Jonathan and I am not sure that the feat can be replicated.”
Bola Tinubu will find it tough campaigning for Buhari in 2019 Elections
The bold and outspoken retired law teacher said that National Leader of the ruling party (APC) Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu would find it tough campaigning for the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in the upcoming general elections.
Tinubu “who went to the South-West to campaign for Buhari in 2015 cannot go there for Buhari and succeed like he did again in 2019 because the atmosphere and terrain has changed in terms of politics. They will be very spectacular about their votes. I think the contest in Lagos is going to be fair,” he said.
An American agency known as The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has released its electoral violence report stating that there will be escalation of violence during the 2019 polls in Nigeria.
The outcome of the U.S. agency’s research findings equally identified Rivers, Kano, Kaduna and Ekiti states, among others, with high risk of political violence in Nigeria.
The research scope, which covered between March and April 2018, was conducted in eight states, including Kano, Kaduna, Ekiti, Adamawa, Plateau, Anambra, Lagos and Rivers states.
A fellow of USIP, Mr. Aly Verjee, who presented the abridge report of the research findings in Kano, said change in the narrative of insecurity in the country, farmers/herdsmen dispute, communal and ethnic crisis presently frustrating the fragile peace, are capable of preventing smooth conduct of elections in 2019.
Verjee, in a paper titled, “Nigeria’s 2019 elections: Change, Continuity and the Risk to Peace, Summary of Key Findings, “said the spade of political instability and internal crisis, especially in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), could worsen the enduring democratic system before the elections.
e said the credibility doubt against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver high expectations when compared to the relative improved performance in 2015 general elections might spark needless violence by the electorate.
Guardian quoted him as saying: “The first ever peaceful transition of power in 2015 raised expectations for the government performance. Many feel their hopes have not been met.
“With this disappointment, we gathered there may be general voter-apathy, particularly from the stronghold of the ruling party and high turn-out in the opposition areas.
“The implications for electoral violence is first, there is possible violence as the ruling party may use intimidating tactics to shore up the votes while similar intimidation could be applied to deter large turn-out of electorate in the opposition strongholds.”
Verjee cautioned INEC and security agencies to strictly adhere to the constitutional responsibilities devoid of bias, partisanship and undue influence.
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