The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has solicited the support of the Organised Business Sector and the entire business community to enable him clinch the highest political office in the nation come 2023.
Sharing his manifesto tagged “Renewed Hope 2023, Action Plan for a Better Nigeria” with the captains of industry at a town hall in Victoria Island, Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu assured them that he would not renege on his promises if given the mandate.
“Nigeria stands at the threshold between indifference and greatness, prosperity and poverty, the future and the past.
The door is ajar. Together, let us open it so that we may cross over to the better side and secure for this beloved nation its finer destiny. The productive and beneficial things we seek do not lie in the sole domain of one sector. They reside in the cooperation between government and the private sector. I see no conflict between the business community and government.
Yet, with equal conviction, I believe the private sector and government should constantly be at war. But they wage this battle not as enemies.They must stand as inseparable allies combating the mutual enemies of scarcity, underdevelopment, joblessness and the fear these bad things breed”.
“I ask your help as the task ahead is doable but also difficult. We seek to serve you with a pragmatic wisdom unafraid of bold action and initiative when necessary. We have a chance to do something precious and sublime for this nation. May we go on that right and proper journey together” Tinubu said.
The APC’s Presidential Campaign action plans prioritize national security, economy, agriculture, power, oil and gas, youths empowerment and entrepreneurship, social reforms, healthcare, transportation and education.
Outlining ways in which they intend to implement the action plan, the Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima explained that they would focus on key indices to ensure success.
He said “As progressives we believe that to build a successful nation, we need the healthy collaboration of government, the private sector and non-governmental organisations, we also recognize that in some areas, it is the duty of the government to shoulder the largest shares of the responsibilities, we are not promising you heaven on earth, but we are promising you a hope for a better tomorrow”.
Members of the organised Private Sector including serial entrepreneur, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and foremost financial expert, Tony Elumelu who were part of the meeting said they were looking forward to what the future holds
Others raised issues to be specially addressed by the next government at the centre to include economic and social reforms, power generation and local manufacturing.
In an opening remark, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu recalled the various plans put in place by Asiwaju Tinubu during his tenure as the Governor of Lagos to ensure a thriving business environment, and assured the business community that Tinubu still possess the acumen to ensure the same if voted into office, particularly at this point in time when the global economy is experiencing a downturn.
The Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Governor Simon Lalong stated that the town hall was one of the strategies adopted to ensure that stakeholders understand the action plans of the party.