The Vice-presidential debate was held last Friday evening with the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo representing the government while Peter Obi and three other candidates of the YPP, ANN and ACPN. The debate was a fight and engagement between the APC and the PDP with Peter Obi engaging the Vice-President on the policies of this government.
On the same said Friday afternoon, President Muhammadu Buhari held a closed-door meeting with the State governors at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari was quoted as saying that the Nigerian economy was in bad shape. Constitutionally, the Vice-President heads the Economic Council of any administration. He is in charge of investor engagement and matters of the economy.
With what governors like Abdullaziz Yari of Zamfara, President invited them to discuss issues like the Minimum Wage while adding that the economy is in bad. Is President Buhari saying that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has in 3 years failed to fulfill his mandate in heading the economic council of the government?
According to the Governor Yari of Zamfara State; Mr. President, as usual, responded by telling us that the economy is in a bad shape and we have to come together and think and rethink on way forward.
“So, Mr. President talked to us in the manner that we have a task ahead of us. So, we should tighten our belts and see how we can put Nigerian economy in the right direction and how we can address the nation’s infrastructural decay.”
“So, all of us as leaders especially those that are coming to the National Assembly and those coming back as governors and the president who will be re-elected by God’s grace, we should not think that things are going to be easy, it is going to be harder than before, this was the message of Mr. President.”
Before the meeting with the President, VP Yemi Osinbajo also held a meeting with the governors where he charged them to stop the blame game and work on developing their states and human capital development index in their respective areas.
He also told them not to play politics with issues pertaining to development of their states.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) Abdullaziz Yari revealed more of what was discussed in the meeting with President Buhari.
“He wondered about what happened in the past; that for the 16 years of the now opposition party, the PDP in power and with oil at 2.1 barrels per day at an average of $100, many infrastructures are in bad shape.”
“He (Buhari) is going to open a vigorous campaign and these are key issues that he is going to raise with Nigerians so that they can weigh their choices,” he said.