Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, at the weekend gave an idea of how he and the party’s Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, would fix the country’s economy if voted into power by Nigerians during the February 2019 election.
Obi said this when he fielded questions from newsmen in Lagos on Saturday.
He disclosed that the first thing they would do on assuming power on May 29 next year would be to quickly put in place measures to stop the economy from bleeding.
“We are looking at a collapsing economy and collapsing country and unless the right steps are taken to stop the bleeding, we will still be where we have been for years,” Obi said.
Continuing, the former Anambra State Governor said: “Take a look at the budget presented by the President a few days ago and you will see that it does not give anyone hope.
“Instead, it tells us that we are still where we have always been.
“A large chunk of the budget is meant to service debts, and that is about 60 per cent of the budget, while the President keeps telling Nigerians to tighten their belts because of the harsh times staring at us in the future.
“Does that give anyone confidence in this government? Not at all, I dare say. While presenting the budget, he said that the government is looking for ways to tax Nigerians the more. What are you taxing the poor people for?”
Obi lamented: “Nigerians are currently the poorest people on earth, yet the Muhammadu Buhari administration of the All Progressives Congress is still looking at taxing them the more.
“Does that give any one of us hope in this government? That means that if we keep them for the next four years, we are finished.