Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s nominee for 2023 presidential election, has urged Nigerians to support him because the nation needs a leader with both physical and mental capacity.
This was said by him on Tuesday in Lokoja, Kogi, at a presidential rally. Mr. Obi is 61 years old. Bola Tinubu of the APC is 70, whereas Atiku Abubakar of the PDP is 76.
The former governor of Anambra asked the populace to support him above other presidential contenders.
“If they give you money, collect it and vote against them because it is your money. Tell them you want to follow those who know the road, that you are tired of being in the wilderness,” said Mr Obi. “The 2023 election will be about character, competence, who has the capacity and capability to bring prosperity to Nigeria, which requires physical and mental capacity, and with your trust.”
In the event that he was elected, he vowed to revive the Ajaokuta Steel Company and “bring prosperity to all the three senatorial districts of Kogi, with the enormous resources endowed naturally by God.”
“Steel industry is very important to the development of the economy. Therefore, we will liaise with professionals and experts who know what to do with the Ajaokuta steel company immediately (after) we are sworn in,” he declared.
Regarding the welfare of workers, the Labour Party candidate reaffirmed his commitment to transforming Nigeria from a consumption-based to a production-based economy and pledged to work in concert with state governments to pay back arrears on the minimum wage and other emoluments.
Ahmed Datti, his running companion, urged voters to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), asserting that only the Labour Party can resolve Nigeria’s issues.
“It is only the party that can change the narrative and eradicate poverty, hunger, and negative developments in the country. We will keep our word. Hold us responsible for our actions and inaction if you vote us into power next year,” said Mr. Datti.
He added, “We will move the country from poverty to wealth, stop the killing and start the healing. Nigerians should trust us with their votes.”