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Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State and a presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, has pleaded for the country’s South-East region to be allowed to produce the country’s next President.
Obi made the statement during a meeting with PDP delegates and other party leaders at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He stated that a President of Igbo ancestry must be permitted to run the country for the purposes of equity, justice, and respect.
While addressing the delegates and party officials, the former governor advised them not to allow money or sentiment to influence their primary voting.
Obi, who was accompanied by Dr. Doyin Okupe, a senior media advisor to former President Goodluck Jonathan, claimed that Nigeria is in crisis and that he remained the finest candidate to lead the country out of it.
“Let me assure you that my commitment is to constructing a better Nigeria, that my desperation is to see Nigeria better than it is today,” he stated. We cannot continue with Nigeria as it is now.
Nigeria’s main issue, according to Obi, is leadership failure.
“What we want to convey is that a nation must be founded on fairness, equity, and mutual respect, and we in the South-East are arguing that we, too, should be allowed to serve, and I assure you that this opportunity will transform Nigeria.”
“No country can thrive with a 33 percent unemployment rate and a 65 percent underemployment rate. 60% of the unemployed and underemployed are youngsters, the most productive segment of the population, who are doing nothing due to their youth.”
“Today, ours owes people pensions and does not pay gratuities. Our schools and institutions have been closed for some time now, and nobody is speaking up. There are 15 million out-of-school children in the United States, and drug use among our youth is at an all-time high. We must alter the course of events.”