Keyamo: Tinubu deserves compensation for saving Nigeria from one-party state 

The spokesperson of the ruling All progressive congress (APC) Preesidential Campaign Council and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said APC presidential  candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu deserves all the commendations for saving Nigeria from becoming a one-party state.

According to Keyamo, Keyamo, Tinubu resisted the dictatorial tendencies of former President Olusegun Obasanjo-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration to turn Nigeria into a one party state between 2003 -2007.

Speaking Tuesday in Abuja, during the unveiling ceremony of The Progressives Forum (TPF), the minister said it was incumbent on the electorates to compensate Tinubu with the votes to emerge the President of the country in the 2023 poll.

Keyamo said presidential candidates of the opposition political parties comprising; Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso do not match democratic credentials and integrity of Tinubu in the current democratic dispensation.

“Without Asiwaju, we would not have multi-party democracy today. He was one man standing. He has earned it. If you were wise enough in 2003 that was the turning point in Nigeria democracy. That was when the PDP wiped out all the states in the South, they fought everybody off but Asiwaju fought back and kept Lagos.

“It takes a strong character like Asiwaju to resist the onslaught of the PDP at the time. It was from Lagos that he stretched his hands over the Niger for us to have the APC today, otherwise Nigeria would have been a one party state by now. It would have been only PDP today and no other party. That is the truth.

” It takes his strength of character to achieve this. All the other candidates including the one who is jumping from one party to the other – all of them, I mean the major ones particularly that one who ran away from PDP, got another platform facilitated by Tinubu, he then ran back to the PDP only for the party to chase him away, he came to the APC, they dealt with him and is back to PDP again. But Asiwaju has kept his principles, his integrity, his focus and his consistency. It is now his turn -Emi Lokan.”

The Minister insisted that the APC-led administration has lived up to its progressive ideals of creating greater access to all levels of government for citizens of the country, creating and expanding opportunities for citizens, providing enabling environments for citizens to carry on their livelihood, attracting favourable investment interests, mentoring the youth and delivery relief in areas of conflict and inequality. 

He said APC administration has performed creditably well after placing great emphasis on social investments and has equally increased public investments in strengthening the country health system.

Keyamo added that the administration has achieved immense inroads  in agriculture and food security, Infrastructural Development, Macroeconomic stability Development of manufacturing industries–emphasis on (SMEs) Social Development Human Capital Development and capacity development using technology.

“The APC administration inherited a budget of 5 trillion naira and had grown it to 16 trillion naira by 2021. The 2020 budget was funded 100%, while the agric budget for 2021 has been funded by 85%. Nigeria has today moved from sole dependency on oil revenues to non-oil revenues which constituted 70% of the budget before to now non-oil revenues constituting 65% of the budget,” he added.

The group, TPF led by former acting youth leader of the APC, Ahmed Ismaeel, was formed to mobilise support across the country for Tinubu/Shettima’s victory in 2023.

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