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As the race for the 2023 elections draw closer, A Presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi has urged the Party delegates in the state to consider capacity and competence in choosing the party’s Presidential candidate.
Obi, who was a two term Governor of Anambra State made the call on Monday while meeting the state executives, leaders and Local Government chairmen of the party at the Party Secretariat, Abeokuta.
His word “Do not look at money or what people are saying, let’s change the country. I have seen the pains of people in the North East and North West. All these you hear is our elites and political leaders conspiracy. Nigerians are one and they love each other
” Look for people with competence and capacity to drive the wheel of the nation’s economy for sustainable growth. whoever wants to be President,look at his past, where is he coming from 25 years ago, where has he worked, it is not enough to say he went to Oxford or Cambridge, Let us ask him, how he has managed public money that was given to him in the past”.
The former Governor of Anambra state and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice-presidental candidate during the 2019 elections, also warned Nigerians to put the future of their children into consideration before electing another president in the 2023 elections.
Obi asked Nigerians to do a thorough background check of the candidates so as not to put the country on another journey of pains and agony.
Obi had in March 23rd formerly declared his interest to run the 2023 Presidential race when he met some traditional rulers in Anambra state.
The former Anambra governor, while addressing the gathering, said the agony of North East and North West of Nigeria is more reason he is contesting for president.
The Presidential hopeful who regretted the spate of insecurity in the nation under the current administration argued that the narratives of banditry and terrorism in Nigeria is a cumulation of bad leadership.
“There is agitation everywhere. We have banditry, terrorism, these are culmination of leadership failure in Nigeria. Our country never look into the future and the consequences are what we are seeing today Is a failure of not investing in the future. We must act now so that Nigeria will not collapse.
“Our country has 33 percent of unemployment when you add underemployment, it’s about 65 percent and 60 percent of these are youths. Our youths in their productive age are doing nothing. Today out country is owing retirees pensions and gratuities. We must change this situation. Our universities are closed, about 16 million students are out of schools, unemployment amongst our Youths is the highest in the world.
“Think about the society your children will live, Anybody who comes here and say to you that he wants to be a President, ask, where was he 25 years ago and what has he done, where is he coming from, ask questions about his achievements in the past. Where have you work? which school did he go to, let us know how he managed public money that was given to him in past*.
The party’s Governorship candidate in the state, Ladi Adebutu, described obi as a credible, fine, brilliant and responsible man, capable for the job.
Also, the former Spokesman to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr.Doyin Okupe while addressing the gathering, described Peter Obi as an educated and Knowledgeable aspirant with capacity and capability to return the NIgeria’s economy to glorious paths.
Earlier, the PDP state Chairman, Hon.Sikirullahi Ogundele said that there is no doubt the the presidential hopeful meant well for Nigerians judging by his presentation at the Party’s NEC meeting. While harping on Obi’s humility, Ogundele added that PDP aspirants are better than the APC aspirants.
He described the APC Buhari’s led administration as direction less, visionless, clueless and wicked one that should be rejected by Nigerians come 2023.