Dino Melaye, a former senator from Kogi West, has urged Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) nominee for president, to hold off until after the 2023 presidential election.
Obi claimed in a video posted on his verified Twitter page on Thursday that the former governor of Anambra had a strong chance of becoming Nigeria’s president soon.
Melaye claimed that while Obi is one of the best Nigerians and is intellectually nimble and administratively astute, he cannot win the 2023 presidential election.
He claimed that bringing the nation’s ethnic groupings together was more crucial than Obi’s campaign promises to reduce the expense of government.
He said: “Peter Obi is one of the finest Nigerians who is intellectually mobile, and administratively sagacious, a great Nigerian and has a great potential of being Nigeria’s president in the nearest future.
“I celebrate you Peter Obi, and I celebrate your movement. I celebrate your conscientisation of the Nigerian youth and the public on governance.
“But I want to advise, your time is not now because you’ve to wait for your time. I’ve listened to your postulations. I’ve listened to your arguments, deliveries and campaigns, and 90% of your campaign is dwelling on reducing the cost of governance.
“The problem of this country is beyond just cutting the cost of governance… You don’t need to become governance before you can cut the cost of governance. If you have a very effective Minister of Finance, budget and planning, CBN governor and chairman of the Economic team, you can cut governance with the operation of the president.
“What we need today in Nigeria is to unify this country. The country is so divided. There’s no trust between the North and the South.”
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