Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, has stated that the presidency in 2023 is not up for grabs.
In an apparent reference to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who famously used the phrase “emi lokan,” which means “I am the next,” Obi stated on Monday that the presidency in 2023 is not anyone’s turn.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, he made the submission during the Labour Party Leadership Retreat in Abuja.
According to Obi, Nigerians should not choose their next leader based on their religion or ethnicity, but rather on character, trust, and competence.
He promised that such retreats would be held in the future to monitor and evaluate actions.
In his words, “We will do this retreat now, after election we will do another one, election next year will not be based on ethnicity, we have had it before, it would not be on religion.
“There is no place that Christians buy things cheaper, there is no place that Muslims buy things cheaper. It will not be by my turn, it is nobody’s turn. It must not be by connection. Election next year must be based on character and trust, it must be based on competence.”
The LP flagbearer went on to say that leaders must fight and be seen to fight corruption. He also stated that no money was misappropriated during his tenure as Governor of Anambra State.
He said, “If a leader is not stealing, and the family around him are not stealing we will reduce corruption by 70 percent. I was Governor for eight years, there is nowhere money is missing.
“I am in this retreat to listen, let us put it in writing when we succeed, you must be around to say this is what we have agreed on. Even if we don’t achieve 100 percent, we must have made sacrifices.”
Barrister Julius Abure, National Chairman of the Labour Party, stated in his welcome address that the APC government has failed Nigerians and that the people are ready to vote them out.
“Our leaders does not have what it takes to drive development. This is what has been lacking, no one is safe, insecurity has taken over something needs to be done and urgently and I am happy Nigerians are ready for the real change not like the APC change in 2015,” he said.
Ayuba Wabba, president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), stated that if Nigeria is to develop, it must combat corruption and transition from a consuming to a producing nation.
According to him, “we need to go back to production, which will tackle unemployment. Corruption is an organized crime against the Nigerian public.”
He urged all labor unions to work together to ensure that the opportunity to choose the right person in 2023 is not lost, adding that Labour is ready to activate its structures in the country’s 774 local government areas, and those who claim the party lacks structures will be surprised.
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