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Vice Presidential Debate: 41 quotes from Yemi Osinbajo, Peter Obi, others

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Ahead of 2019 presidential election, five candidates participated at the vice-presidential debates which was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Friday, December 14.

The candidates who participated in the debate represented Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN); Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); All Progressives Congress (APC); Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

They are: Ganiyu Galadima, Yemi Osinbajo, Khadija Abdullahi, Peter Obi and Umar Getso.

However, following the conclusion of the debate,
Legit.ng brings you some notable quotes from the debate.

Yemi Osinbajo – APC

1. If you say investments haven’t taken place in years, who has been in office these last 16 years? – Yemi Osinbajo. #2019Debate

2. Why we are where we are today is because of 16 years of mismanagement of resources. – Yemi Osinbajo. #2019Debate

3. Osinbajo closing remarks: What we tried to do in the past four years is redress the damage done, prevent the corruption that brought us to where we are #2019debate

4. We have a social investment policy, possibly the largest ever in the history of our country. – Yemi Osinbajo. #2019Debate

5. In the past three years, the government of President Buhari has spent 2.7 trillion on capital, that is the highest ever in the history of Nigeria. – Yemi Osinbajo. #2019Debate

6. We are employing 500,000 graduates and the graduates are in every single local government. – Yemi Osinbajo. #2019Debate

7. We have a social investment policy, possibly the largest ever in the history of our country. – Yemi Osinbajo. #2019Debate

8. We are producing 90% of the rice that we consume and we are importing only 2% of what we used to import. – Yemi Osinbajo, APC’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate

9. In every state of Nigeria today, we have a major road project. – Yemi Osinbajo, APC’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate

10. Today, we have begun some of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of our country. – Yemi Osinbajo, APC’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate

11. If you allow criminals to steal all the inventories, there will no shop – Osinbajo

Peter Obi – PDP

12. Today, the total loans by the banks is 19 trillion and only 0.5% goes to your SMEs when in other countries it’s about 20%. – Peter Obi. #2019Debate

13. What we are subsiding today is inefficiency. If you get it right, the prices still come down. There is no way a country can have a budget of N340bn for health, which translates to N5 a day for (each of) its citizens, and then pay a trillion for subsidy – Peter Obi

14. The number one problem of this country today is its economy. The vice president is in charge of rebuilding the economy to where it can create jobs. – Peter Obi. #2019Debate

15. Fighting corruption is not an economic policy, it is not that you can’t fight corruption, but you can fight it more aggressively while addressing economic issues. – Peter Obi. #2019Debate

16. As long as we don’t create jobs and have the number of unemployed youths in their productive age that we have today, we are going to have crisis. – Peter Obi, PDP’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate.

17. In terrorism we have moved from seven to No 3; Our inequality (rate) has worsened. Our unemployment rate has moved from 24 to 40 today. We are not supporting SMEs very well. – Peter Obi, PDP’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate.

18. Nigeria has been a country where we have the highest number of poor people. Our country today has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world. – Peter Obi, PDP’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate.

19. In 2015 we generated $41bn in Foreign Direct Investment, but now, we attracted only $12bn last year. Even our stock market has lost over N2Trillion in one year. You can’t shut down your shop and be chasing criminals. #2019debate

Ganiyu Galadima – ACPN

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20. The foreign policy of the government of the ACPN would be one that would be of mutual benefit to our country and to the countries of the world. – Ganiyu Galadima. #2019Debate

21. The Nigerian economy now is vulnerable and can collapse at any time. Ganiyu Galadima. #2019Debate

22. We are at a critical stage in the life of this country. We should open our eyes and Nigerians should vote for candidates based on the manifestoes that they are presenting to them. – Ganiyu Galadima. #2019Debate

23. The issue of Ajaokuta (steel company) has been there for a very long time and it has been fraught with corruption, and now a drain pipe to the nation’s economy. – Ganiyu Galadima. #2019Debate

24. #2019Debate: We Have Recorded Very Little Or No Improvement Since 2015, Says ACPN’s

25. By continuing with subsidy, we are killing the economy of this country and we are killing the people. – Ganiyu Galadima. #2019Debate

26. Nigeria does not have the capacity to determine the rate at which the naira is exchanged for other currencies of the world. – Ganiyu Galadima. #2019Debate

27. Nigerian Govt is subsidizing PMS to the tune of N2bn daily. – Ganiyu Galadima, ACPN’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate

28. Unemployment is becoming higher and this is because of the wrong policy of Govt. – Ganiyu Galadima, ACPN’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate.

Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya – ANN

29. The problem that we have is the fact that our over 774 local governments are not fully developed. We are going to do the devolution of power, we are going to do resource control, and constitutional amendment. – Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya. #2019Debate

30. Poverty has become endemic in every aspect. Despite all the efforts the government has put in, we are doing a complete overhaul. – Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya. #2019Debate

31. What is the government presently doing with the subsidy that has been removed? It is not affecting the common man and we don’t know what is going on. – Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya. #2019Debate

32. Subsidy In Nigeria Is Fraught With Corruption – – Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya. #2019Debate

33. As a wife and a mother of seven, I am committed in every resource of authority at my disposal to ensure that every child, every young person, every mother and every father, get the opportunity that they deserve in their pursuit of happiness. – Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya. #2019Debate

34. I am concerned about the 13 million children who are out of school. – Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya, ANN’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate

35. I am passionate about women and the plight of children. I believe that we should all be concerned about the plight of children in Nigerian and that is basically securing the future of our children, our future. – Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya, ANN’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate
Umma Getso – YPP

36. There is no other party in Nigeria that has given priority to women. Professor Kingsley Moghalu’s Presidency is about giving 50-50 opportunity to women to participate in his government at all levels. – Umma Getso. #2019Debate.

37. To be candid, subsidy to a typical Nigerian is just a scam. That’s how I will call it, the way President Buhari once said in the Newspaper. – Umma Getso. #2019Debate

38. We Can’t Expect People Who Destroyed Our Past To Improve Our Future – YPP’s Getso.

39. In my party (YPP), we so much believe in a new Nigeria, where every Nigerian will have equal rights and will have a story to tell tomorrow. – Umma Getso, YPP’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate

40. I have been to the lowest level of Nigeria’s standard of living and I know how Nigerians are suffering. – Umma Getso, YPP’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate

41. I have a passion for the girl child education and I spent the early years of my adulthood in the development of a common Nigeria. – Umma Getso, YPP’s VP Candidate. #2019Debate.

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