Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peter Obi, vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party are presently locked in a debate alongside three other candidates ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The debate is being organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
During the debate, Obi criticised the focus of the current administration on anti-corruption as other aspects of the economy suffer.
“You cannot shut down your shops and be chasing criminals,” he said.
But the Osinbajo issued a rebuttal, saying, “If you allow criminals to steal all the inventory in the shop, there will be no shop. That’s the problem. And what has happened in Nigeria in the past 16 years is what the World Bank told us; that the major cause of our poverty is corruption.”
Obi also flayed the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for ‘driving yesterday’ with its subsidy programme, proposing rather that education and ICT should be the focus.
Osinbajo however maintained that some form of subsidy is needed to cushion the adverse effect on Nigerians, stressing that even the developed counties maintain such programmes.
More to follow…