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Vice Presidential Debate: Obi Tackles Osinbajo On Topical Economy Issues

FUNSHO AKINWALE

In a debate televised and watched by many Nigerians, PDP Peter Obi and APC Yemi Osinbajo exchanged words on topical issues affecting the economy at the debate held in Abuja.

The debate put together by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group and Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria( BON) saw Obi making generous use of facts and figure.

While Osinbajo utilized his involvement in running the nation’s economy to project effective leadership.

The debate also included Young Progressives Party’s (YPN) Umma Getso, Alliance for New Nigeria’s (ANN) Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya.

Ganiyu Galadima of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) was also part of the exercise.

All five Vice presidential candidates performed well and they all managed to sell their parties’ different ideologies.

During the debate, the other three candidates chronicled a better solution for economic problems.

Obi and Osinbajo hit more on oil subsidy.

Osinbajo in his statement said without subsidy, the pump price of petroleum could go as high as N220.

He said that the fraud in Nigeria’s fuel subsidy system has been reduced to the barest minimum through NNPC.

Obi in his argument revealed that Buhari’s administration fixation and method of fighting corruption has hit more on inadequate jobs and economic progress.

“You need to fight corruption aggressively and at the same time addressing the economic issues.”

“For example, in 2015, unemployment was 24 percent, today, it is 40 percent” Obi stated.

The former governor in his submission posited further that  Buhari cannot shut down the economy and chase criminals.

Osinbajo in his response opposed the motion.

He said if the assault by the thieves continues, there may be nothing to look after.

Obi also criticized the payment of subsidy, saying it is a waste of resources that should be scrapped.

He added that if all the nation’s refineries are working optimally as promised by APC government, there would not be a subsidy.