The Presidential Candidate Of Labour Party Mr Peter Obi on Saturday 3rd December 2022 released his manifesto to Nigerians.
The 72 page document was unveiled to Nigerian with Peter Obi being the first Presidential candidate in the forthcoming Presidential election to release his manifesto which he will work on if he elected president.
The document which was made available to DAILYNEWSLINK contains the seven points agenda of Peter Obi and his promise to Nigerians.
Manifesto Of Peter Obi;
To offer honest and competent leadership to deliver our 7 priorities:
- To secure Nigeria, end banditry and insurgency, and unite our dear nation, to manage our diversity such that no one is left behind.
- Shift emphasis from consumption to production by running a production-centered economy that is driven by an agrarian revolution and export-oriented industrialization.
- Restructure the polity through effective legal and institutional reforms to entrench the rule of law, aggressively fight corruption, reduce cost of governance, and establish an honest and efficient civil service.
- Leapfrog Nigeria into the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), through the application of scientific and technological innovations to create a digital economy.
- Build expansive a world-class infrastructure for efficient power supply, rail, road and air transportation, and pipeline network, through integrated public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurial public sector governance.
- Enhance the human capital of Nigerian youths for productivity and global competitiveness through investment in world-class scholarship and research, quality healthcare, and entrepreneurship education.
- Conduct an afro-centric diplomacy that protects the rights of Nigerian citizens abroad and advances the economic interests of Nigerians and Nigerian businesses in a changing world.
I Your President, Peter Gregory Onwubuasi Obi,My Vice President, Yusuf Datti Ahmed Baba And Our Team Pledges To:
• Secure and unite our dear nation,and manage our diversity such that no one is left behind in Nigeria.
• Move Nigeria from consumption to production.
• Embark on comprehensive legal and institutional reforms and practicable restructuring measures,to ensure the enthronement of the rule of law, and decisively fight all forms of corruption.
• Prioritize Human Capital Development through robust investments in STEM education, health, and infrastructural development, with emphasis on wealth creation, distribution and sustainable development.
• Engineer the transition of Nigeria from fossil fuel dependency to climate and eco-friendly energy use.
• Pursue holistic poverty eradication with emphasis on agricultural revolution through effective utilization of our vast
arable lands, particularly in
Northern Nigeria, and erase
Nigeria’s categorization as the
poverty capital of the world.
• Improve access to finance,
particularly to MSMEs, youths and
women, to significantly reduce
unemployment and insecurity.
• Ensure that in policy and practice,
governance will be made more
transformative, and less
transactional. No more sharing of
the national wealth by a few.
• Ensure that our diversity will be
leveraged to give women, children,
youths, the aged, and persons living
with disabilities, an unfettered
voice in governance, and a
renewed sense of patriotism and
faith in Nigeria.
• Ensure that Nigeria is
progressively better governed
through legislative, executive, and
judicial reforms, so that the
constitutional separation of powers
among the three arms of
government is entrenched and the
three tiers of government allowed
to function independently and
jointly for a more inclusive and sustainable Nigeria.
A New Nigeria Is Possible;
Our vision is a secure, united and prosperous
Nigeria that works for everyone and that
realises the hope of black people of the world as a city on the hill.
We will run a government of national unity, bringing together for the task at
hand, all competent, honest, and diligent
Nigerians, irrespective of their political
The new Nigeria we build will be truly
“one nation bound in freedom, peace and
unity”where “peace and justice shall reign.”
For long, the dream of a secure, united and
prosperous Nigeria has been betrayed by those who lack the character and competence to achieve the dream.
Now, a new generation of Nigerian leadership has emerged, tested and tried, honest and dedicated, united in a common mission to reverse the current ugly trend of endemic poverty, insecurity, and create a better future for every Nigerian, a future defined by widespread prosperity based on high economic growth, equal access to health and educational facilities, and justice and fairness to all religious, ethnic, and social groups.
The new Nigeria that we will build is a society
where political power will no longer be used to serve the interest of the ruling class and subject the people to chronic poverty and deprivation.
We will build a new social order where political leaders will be PUBLIC SERVANTS working for the good of the people and not predators, flourishing in the midst of extreme poverty and misery.
We will build a society where citizens are
motivated to work hard, to innovate, to invent,fully assured that they will enjoy the fruits of their enterprise.
We want to create wealth for Nigeria and for every household through diligence, frugality and enterprise. Our new Nigeria is a country all Nigerians will be proud to call home because it is an economic giant that can feed its citizens, defend them from any aggression and secure them in their homes and businesses.
We are coming to run an entrepreneurial state able to double Nigeria’s GDP in a short time and abolish extreme poverty like China that removed 740m from poverty through
economic policy that emphasized social
Our focus is to ensure that wealth is
created through sectors that improve the well-being of all Nigerian citizens.
Our theory of change is DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP.
Therefore, we will prioritize economic and social rights under Chapter 2 of the Constitution and implement these rights through social programs and projects that empower the people and mainstream the poor first in access to critical services.
To ensure poverty-reduction, based on fast economic growth, our governance principles, priority projects and programmes will be anchored on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Securing and uniting Nigeria and growing her
economy requires steady and trusted hands. It
is a full-time employment on behalf of Nigerian people.
It is not time for rent-seeking or
absenteeism. It is time to pull the sleeves, bend down and lift the weight off the shoulders of Nigerians.
I, Peter Gregory Onwubuasi Obi and my
running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed,
promise you that we will be the leaders you can trust to be honest, diligent, and ever-present to work for you.
This is our promise to you: we will
work for you with ‘pure hearts and skillful
hands”. So, help us God!
We are on a mission to stop the deterioration and redirect our beloved country
to prosperity and sustainable development.
We want to end the race to extreme
poverty and state collapse under mercenaries who have posed as messiahs.
Now is the time for new beginning. There is a strong determination of Nigerians,
especially the youths, to create a new future for themselves, a future of
prosperity, safety, and freedom. The Obi-Baba-Ahmed team is committed to
We want to heal Nigeria. But to solve a problem you must understand its
pathology. To heal Nigeria, we need a good diagnosis of its problems.
The problem with Nigeria is elite capture. Nigeria has been captured by an elite that
has shown no commitment to development. The result is that in spite of trillions
of naira from oil revenue and the abundant human and natural endowments, the
country has remained poor and unstable.
This failure of development and
political stability has worsened since the return of democracy in 1999. Although
we made modest gains from 1999 to 2015, the culture of corruption, highlighted
by plundering of state resources and insensitivity to the suffering of the people,
continued to define statecraft and resulted in growth without development.
Since 2015, the crisis of leadership has worsened to the point that the Nigerian
state is now generally described as a failed or failing state.
A sizeable portion of Nigerians are doing poor that they do not have access to basic sanitation,good nutrition, basic education and healthcare, or employment.
In 2022 alone,5.1m Nigerians entered into acute poverty, bringing the number of extremely poor Nigerians to about 92m.
The World Bank noted in its report on Nigeria that in spite of several social and economic reforms of the government, no single
Nigerian was lifted out of poverty, instead 5 million more Nigerians dropped into
The report notes that this failure has nothing to do with the global health pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine war, but the failure of policy formulation and administration by the government.
The perennial failure of economic and social policies to grow Nigeria’s economy
and transform the live of its people is not an accident. It is not a mere occurrence.
It is the expected result of a faulty political economy that has concentrated political power in the hands of politicians who came to power through their contrivances and not through the affirmation of the people, and therefore, do not have the incentive to serve the people’s interest.
Nigeria failed to realise its potentials because her leaders are mostly incompetent. In the 2023 presidential elections, we have to change this misfortune.
We must create a new political culture and leadership class to lead Nigeria to a new direction. In the Obi/Baba-Ahmed movement, we are committed to a new politics that starts with the ethics of SERVANT LEADERS
and founded on the marriage of CLEAN HEARTS and SKILLFUL HANDS.
We know that unless we change our politics by changing our political leadership, we
are stuck with this terrible state of poverty and insecurity.
Our message to our fellow citizens is that Nigeria is endowed with talented men
and women who are champions and have created wealth and excellence across the world.
Nigeria is blessed with some of the most entrepreneurial youths in the world, in science, in business, in art and entertainment. What remains is to change the leadership class from predators to creators of values, from those whose wealth and power derive from the destitution of the nation and its
Our message to the voters of Nigeria is that unless they use their votes to elect those with clear commitment to change the political game and are capable of doing things differently, Nigeria will continue in the path of failure.
The good news is that the Nigerian people, led by their youths brutalized by bad leadership, are awaken and leading the movement to transform Nigerian politics and restart the engine of economic growth and social stability.
We count ourselves honored to be trusted to lead this democratic revolution. We are
determined to do everything that needs to be done to reverse the curse and lead our beloved country to prosperity,freedom and security.
We are prepared to deal with the crises that constrain Nigeria’s development.We recognize that there are domestic and foreign challenges that we must confront before we can achieve the dream of economic development and social security.
Domestically, we recognize that several years of self-serving and incompetent leadership has divided the nation and played up religious and ethnic sentiments against nationalism and patriotism. Our diagnosis is that these centrifugal forces are products of the manipulation of religion and ethnicity and the failure of the Nigerian state to produce goods and services for its citizens.
The lack of economic development means that Nigerians are trapped in the politics of competition for rents. This breeds resentment and conflict.
The failure of these transactional leaders to respect constitutional due processes and implement the federal character provisions has damaged trust in the Nigerian state and set up different resistances and even rebellion against
Although the Nigerian political class has applied authoritarian responses to these agitations, they have failed to rise up to exemplary leadership which is the panacea to distrust of the state.
We are a different breed and we are connected to the people. We are honest,competent, humble, and determined to lock hands together with Nigerians and rebuild our economy, restore trust in government and give Nigerians reason to love and adore their country again.
We share the pains of Nigerian citizens
everywhere in Nigeria. Daily, we hear their stories of deprivation and degradation.
We know that every part of Nigeria is blessed with men and women who can create wealth for themselves and for their society.
We know that the problem is not ethnicity or religion, the problem is not geography, the problem is not our weather.
The problem is leadership: a leadership that is not attuned to the people, does not believe in the people, and will never serve the people’s interest.
Myself and my Vice President are a different breed. We are honest and we are competent. We will save Nigeria from the slide, and we will create prosperity and unity through exemplary leadership.
Through our dedicated action on the 7 governance and development priorities
that mainstream the principles of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
and the aspirations of the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of
State Policy under Chapter 2 of our Constitution, we will transform Nigeria and
realize the hope of our founding fathers and the heroes and heroines our nation.
To secure Nigeria, end banditry
and insurgency, and unite our dear
nation, to manage our diversity
such that no one is left behind.
To secure Nigeria, we will:
I. Deal decisively with insecurity by putting a permanent end to the incessant
banditry, insurgency, kidnaping and cross-border terrorism in our country
II. To achieve this, we shall take the following immediate actions:
a. Activate all the necessary regional cooperations and arrangements for
securing our borders with neighboring countries in west and central Africa,
particularly Niger, Chad, and Cameroun;
b. Increase the personnel of our armed forces, police and other security
agencies and optimally equipp, train, and fund them to respond adequately
to security threats;
c. Deploy state-of-the-art military technology to fight terrorists, bandits,
insurgents and kidnappers;
d. Recreate community relations with security agencies in order to increase
public trust and build human intelligence to restore law and order in the
III. Pursue proactively and deliberately policies that will implement the
fundamental objectives and directive principles of state police in the
constitution so as to create a secured society that reduces the social pressure for
crimes and provides viable livelihood for the youths. This will be in fulfilment of
the obligation of government to ensure the ‘security and welfare of the people’.
IV. Engage, support, and partner, with national and sub-national institutions
and governments and network them into an integrated and reinforced onslaught against insecurity.
This requires decentralized and professional
management of security institutions and the use of grant-in-aid to encourage
efficient criminal justice administration at subnational levels, namely, state, local
government and community security administration.
To deal with cross-border crimes, we will also adjust security modalities to address gaps and vulnerabilities arising from our obligations under the ECOWAS Protocol on the Movement of Persons.
V. Undertake institutional reforms to secure Nigerians ,which consists of four initiatives pursued simultaneously:
a. Reforming the security sector, with particular emphasis on re-focusing the
military on external threats and border protection, and the police on internal
security threats and law enforcement;
b. Swift, firm and fair prosecution of criminals, bandits and terrorists to end
c. Enhanced coordinationamong security agencies to enhance operational
d. Fair andtransparent administration of justice hinged on the rule of law.
VI. Improve the functioning and effectiveness of our security agencies particularly the police, by strengthening their civilian oversight as well as increasing their size, equipment, funding, and enhancing their professional training.
VII. Strengthen the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Police Affairs, and other
regulatory and supervisory agencies to provide robust and regulatory oversight
and enhance coordination and performance of statutory mandates of the security service.
VIII. Ensure, in accordance with Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria (1999 as Amended), that every Nigerian life is protected at
The basic minimum of DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP is that every Nigerian life is protected by the state. There shall be no more impunity.
All criminals are equal and will be equally prosecuted and punished. No persecution; no privilege. The same law for the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless.
In uniting Nigeria and running an all-inclusive government, we will:
I. Ensure that our administration’s pronouncements, policies, and conduct
reflect its strong commitment to fostering a united Nigeria, and the reaffirmation that achieving that objective requires securing the lives and property of Nigerians by creatively managing her diversity.
II. Make deliberate efforts to re-create a sense of patriotism, shared ownership, and responsibilities in matters of nation-building, integration, and cohesion.
III. Ensure transparency and strict adherence to the dictates of our constitution
in all matters of governance and the allocation of resources and projects.
IV. Direct executive action and push for legislative mandate aimed at
formulating a policy on Common Regimentation Emolument Structure Table
(CREST) that will harmonize the wages of the federal public servants, so that public servants (whether elected or appointed) are not ranked or earn higher than career civil servants and the military such as those in the judiciary, academia, para-military, and federal statutory agencies.
Those in these cadres should earn the same salary, and the same prescribed perquisites. This will aid in cutting the cost of governance while promoting amity.
It will also address the incessant strikes that bedevil our country, particularly our tertiary institutions.
V. Resolve the national minimum wage problem by doing away with the extant
salary structure and introducing an hourly productivity-based national minimum rate, by which public and private sector employers should pay employees based on their actual productivity.
We will drive the legislation to
retain a National Minimum Wage with a binding effect and application across all the States and Local Governments of Nigeria.
This shall include the criminalisation of non-payment of salaries,wages,pensions,entitlements,
benefits, and violation of collective bargaining agreements.
This will reduce poverty and inequality, and enhance social solidarity necessary for a development bargain.
VI. Submit an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for a consolidated Occupational Health and Safety Act to revamp and improve on the 2012 Labour,Safety, Health, and Welfare (LSHW) Bill.
VII. Articulate a policy framework in line with the constitutional provisions of the Federal Character principle that offers opportunities to all Nigerians to serve in any capacity in the public sector anywhere in the country.
VIII. Operate a government of national unity by embracing competent Nigerians at home and in diaspora with proven integrity, honesty, diligence and commitment to governance irrespective of their political affiliations.
Our government will be a melting pot of Nigeria’s best and brightest in character,competence and capacity.
Shift emphasis from consumption to
production by running a production-
centered economy that is driven by
an agrarian revolution and export-oriented industrialization.
I.In consideration of our current ranking as the least least competitive economy in Africa with very low total factor productivity (TFP) and export competitiveness index (ECI), we will, with all sense of urgency, aggressively pursue policies and programmes that enhance the productivity and competitiveness of all the sectors of the Nigerian economy.
II. In addition to our strategic economic development plan, we have reviewed
and selectively adopted critical elements in previous economic development
plans in designing the bold and innovative development agenda for the new Nigeria that we shall birth.
III. While acknowledging the critical situation with our food security, we will,with the required sense of urgency, optimize all the comparative advantages of our 36 states and the FCT, across all the agricultural value chains through adequate and targeted investments, policies, and programmes.
We shall address the identified impediments (banditry, kidnapping, terrorism, desertification, policies) and optimize the vast land and other resources,
particularly in our northern region, in order to enhance food security and
advance toward agro-based industrialization.
IV. We will grow the national economy quantitatively and qualitatively by devising programmes for re-skilling our youths to achieve a greater synergy between their skill-sets and our factor endowments; create mandatory national certification for blue-collar artisans; strengthen some of the existing tertiary schools of science and engineering to train the next generation of experts in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field; and create a venture capital-like fund for young entrepreneurs.
V. To ensure that the country’s economic production is equitably geared
towards the net-zero emissions drive, we shall re-design incentives for present
and prospective investors in the industrial sector, coupled with an
apprenticeship system, to provide a ready-made source of technical expertise in
the relevant areas.
VI. It is recognized that high logistics costs at our ports, borders and roads drive the huge trade costs that make Nigeria’s business environment uncompetitive.We will apply entrepreneurial governance to dismantle the impediments to free trade and ease of doing business.
VII. We will strive towards a zero-based national budget to overcome the mindset and reality of past non-performing national budgets that are routinely
hampered by budgetary deficit overhang. We will pursue an aggressive
technology-driven public sector financial management system anchored on a
reformed, well-trained, and motivated civil service. We will undertake public
sector reform as a priority in order to provide institutional support to entrepreneurial governance that will drive up efficiency and public value.
VIII. We will implement radical economic policies that will drastically reduce
our debt-servicing ratio and debt to revenue ratio. Such a policy action is
imperative since we are aware that presently (as of April, 2022), Nigeria has
about 95 million people living below the poverty line; unemployment rate
hovers around 32% with the youth component at about 53.4%; and tax
contributes only about 6% to our GDP, well below the African average of 17%
Our national situation is made worse given that 116% of government revenue is
now devoted to debt servicing. This means that 116 kobo out of every Naira (100
kobo) collected by government goes toward servicing of the country’s debt
(which means the additional 16 kobo is borrowed to service debt).
IX. We shall aggressively prioritize the mechanization of the huge endowment
of arable land across our nation, particularly in our Northern region, to make
agriculture the new oil of a prosperous Nigerian economy.
X. It has been established that Nigeria is among the top 10 countries most
vulnerable to climate change, which poses the greatest economic, physical,
financial, security, and developmental risks. But it also offers an enormous
opportunity to unleash the green growth transition and boost prosperity. We
shall establish a Green Army tasked with identifying all opportunities to tap into
the 3 trillion dollars international climate finance to engineer economic growth
and employment for millions of our youths and transition our country to the green epoch.
XI. Although non-oil GDP has been marginally increasing in recent years, this
growth has not translated to increased non-oil exports, despite various national
policies on economic diversification. We believe that diversification of the
economy can be attained through increasing the value addition and export
potential of our agriculture and natural resources value chain. We shall achieve
this through targeted export incentives and deliberate actions in:
a. Scaling up the development of manufacturing and processing
technological capabilities across the primary products value chains where
we enjoy comparative advantage;
b. A monitored scheme of targeted funding to entrepreneurs taking
advantage of the capacity development as outlined above.
c. A radicalreform of our logistics and distribution systems including ports,
customs, and trade facilitation instruments to raise the competitiveness of
our products and ease of doing business and reduces high trade costs that
have impeded our non-oil export competitiveness.
d. Strengthening of product quality support to ensure our products are of
the right quality to gain market share with higher reputational advantage and
branding opportunities to capture more values within AfCTA and global
e. Incentivising and investing in agro-cluster and industrial cluster
development across our geo-resource zones to take advantage of agglomeration and scale effects.
XII. We will prioritize the exploration of the economic opportunities available
through oceanic and marine resources around our country. Nigeria possesses
one of the longest ocean lines in Africa, making it a littoral country endowed
with Blue Economy resources. The Blue Economy is the sustainable use of
ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs while
preserving the health of ocean ecosystems. It entails emerging renewable
energy, seabed extractive activities, marine biotechnology, and bio-
XIII. We will embark on radical reforms of our entire transport system including
logistics and distribution, ports, customs, and other agencies connected to
international trade. Conscious that when water, road and rail transport work
together, the comparative advantage of each mode can be exploited optimally,
our administration will build an integrated transport system which will promote
ports, road, rail and inland water inter-connectivity. We will eradicate the
practice of agencies in the sector operating in tight silos, working at cross-
purposes and frustrating trade facilitation. We will immediately address policy
incoherence and poor coordination among all the maritime and other agencies.
We are determined to take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade
Agreement (AFCFTA) and will deploy trade facilitation instruments to raise the
competitiveness of our products and ease of doing business, thus reducing high trade cost that have impede our non-oil export competitiveness.
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