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The vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Datti Baba-Ahmed, has promised that the party will sort the problem of fuel subsidy scam if voted into power.
Datti during an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday was asked how the LP intends to source funds to run the country if elected.
There have been heated debates on the payment of petrol subsidy due to its impact on government revenue.
Nigeria spent N2.04 trillion to pay off subsidy payments in seven months, even as it plans to spend an estimated N6 trillion on subsidy by 2023.
Despite the Nigeria Labour Congress, NCL, declaring support for the presidential ambition of LP candidate, Peter Obi, the labour union has protested the planned removal of petrol subsidy and asked for the repair of refineries instead.
In his response, Baba-Ahmed cited a reference to the “fuel subsidy scam”, adding that the LP administration will deploy Nigeria’s “wasted funds” into healthcare and education if elected.
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He said, “In the first 100 days, by the time we sort the problem of fuel subsidy scam and we are able to deploy Nigeria’s wasted funds into healthcare and education, you will begin to feel it.”
He added that the LP administration will cut the cost of governance and channel the resources to other important sectors.
Baba-Ahmed also said he and Obi have the capacity to deliver on what they have promised Nigerians.
Baba-Ahmed said, “We have the records. Peter Obi’s name is well-known. Where he [is] from, schools attended and age are well-known.
“Records are not in doubt. The same applies to me. Nothing is in doubt; no international controversy; no international criminal case against us.
“Good people are in short supply in a political system like ours. Where did you find the like of Peter Obi? They come once in a generation.”