Nigeria’s Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo, has described the manifesto of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), especially as it concerns job creation, as faulty and misleading.
Sambo said the number of jobs the party promised to be creating annually if its presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is elected was lower than the number of jobs the present administration is currently creating per year.
A statement by his spokesman, Umar Sani, on Friday quoted Sambo as speaking while granting audience to the Alhaji Tanko Yakassai-led Northern Elders Council at the State House, Abuja on Thursday evening.
“If you look at the APC manifesto, one area that you will know that there is something wrong is that they said they will create one million jobs annually, but we have 1.4 million jobs annually that comes up, so if you produce only 1 million jobs, what about the 400,000? Who will give them the job?” the Vice President was quoted as saying.
Sambo urged the Northern elders to return to their states and inform their people correctly that the right direction to go is to give him and President Goodluck Jonathan the chance to continue to move the country forward.
This, he said, could be achieved my voting massively for them during the March 28presidential election.
He said the elders had taken a right decision with their earlier endorsement of the President for re-election.
He expressed the belief that the nation would witness a successful and peaceful election because the Federal Government is recording successes in curbing the spate of insurgency in the North-East.
He reiterated Jonathan’s position that he had delivered on their electoral promises they made to the nation in 2011.
He said their promise was to transform the country positively, through the transformation agenda which covers power supply, transportation, agriculture, education, security, tackling corruption and corrupt practices among others.
Earlier, Yakassai said members of the council had declared their full support for the re-election of Jonathan and Sambo because they offer the best prospects for continuous and sustained development, peace, unity and stability of the country.
He said despite the numerous social and security challenges, Jonathan’s focused leadership had held the country together.
He said the council acknowledged the administration’s remarkable development of the Northern part of the country, particularly in the construction of over 120 Almajiri Schools, Girl Child Schools in 13 states, nine new universities, massive dam and irrigation projects and expansion of railways among others.