The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has said that Nigeria is a failed state today but he and his running mate are in the race for the Presidency to rescue and turn it around.
Obi told a large crowd of supporters in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, that he was used to transforming and turning around failed businesses and if elected by February 25, 2023 he and Yusuf Datti Ahmad would turn Nigeria around.
“Datti Ahmed and I are not in this business for anything; we are committed to building, a new Nigeria that is possible. Hold us responsible; we are prepared for the job.”
In a response to a question from an Obidient, he said, “Somebody asked me today, with all these monies they have stolen how would you transform Nigeria, and I said, I have turned around failed businesses; Nigeria is a failed country, give it to us we will turn it around. We want Nigerians to hold us responsible for turning around this country.
“I am not looking for anything. I have been a governor for 8 years. I didn’t owe salary or gratuity or pension, but I left 150 million dollars and 30 billion naira. Go to Anambra State, if you see one piece of land allocated to Peter Obi, the wife or anybody close to me, I will stop running.”
Obi reiterated his earlier position that next year’s election would not be on my turn, tribe or religion but to be based on the character we can trust, who has capacity, and competence.
The LP candidate told the jubilant crowd that his desire was, “to build a society where people will be secured, where a child of nobody will be able to be president of this country. ”
According to the former Anambra state Governor, time was now to change this country.
He said: “We must vote for someone with competence, someone with capacity and capability. This job is a job for people with physical and mental energy, not retirement home.”
The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Bar Julius Abure who also addressed the rally said that 2023 Presidential election offered Nigerians the opportunity and time “to recover our country from those who have put us in poverty, in hunger and unemployment.
“Therefore, the choice we must make in 2023 is Labour Party and Peter Obi.
He reminded Nigerians that why the country has failed and why Nigerians have been suffering is because, “we have been voting for the wrong people. It is now time for us to vote the right people who will recover this country again.”
The high points of the well-attended rally was the performance of the musical sensation, P-Square, who was on hand to entertain the crowd of supporters and Obidient members who thronged Yakubu Gowon stadium for the flag-off campaign.