Tinubu reveals challenges before Buhari as 2019
presidential election draws close
The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly said the 2019 general elections would be very challenging because it would no longer played by a well-heeled elite while the rest of the nation is left to struggle and starve
Tinubu, a former governor of the party, stated this on Thursday, January 18, adding that the opportunity before President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling APC ahead of 2019 elections will depend on how well the current government handles some critical issues affecting the nation currently.
According to Tinubu, who spoke at the yearly Daily Trust Newspapers dialogue held in Abuja, the impediment to the victory of APC in 2019 is big but not insurmountable.
In a report by Daily Independent, Tinubu, who was represented by his former finance commissioner in Lagos state Wale Edun, warned that 2019 will not return to games being played by a well-heeled elite while the rest of the nation is left to struggle and starve.
While acknowledging some achievements recorded by the present administration, he mentioned the issue of subsidy regime, herdsmen/farmers frequent clashes, unemployment and pension arrears as challenges that must be tackled as they pose great impediments to electoral victory for the APC come 2019.
“As a progressive, I believe we must transform the nation by embarking on deep and impactful reforms, by creating more jobs, providing social policy initiatives and building an infrastructure befitting a leading nation.
“Social services must become a reality close at hand and not a vague dream lying in the distance.
“For example, we must reform the current fuel subsidy regime. At this stage it causes more problems than it cures.
“Bottlenecks of long fuel queues, erratic supply, resultant economic dislocations for consumers from lack of fuel and the corrupt practices of trade insiders undermine the good intentions upon which the subsidy is based.
“Currently, the subsidy does not benefit the average person. It sweetly profits the elites who manipulate the program to their own advantage.
“We need to allow market forces to more directly determine price. We need to open the now closed market to more suppliers. In this way, we may better harmonize supply and demand, where they do the most sustainable economic good.
“In addition, we must repair our social safety net. Old people who have given so much to the nation are being shortchanged and forced to live in penury when they should be living in the dignity due their advanced years and their former labors.”