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A seasoned political activist and one of the spokespersons of the Obi/Datti campaign organisation, South-West, Dele Farotimi said the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi will win the 2023 presidential election on the first ballot.
Farotimi stated this while speaking in an interview with Politics Hub, a Vanguard Online TV’s political show yesterday which was monitored by The Eastern Updates.
The social rights activist, during the interview, told the anchor of the TV show, Damilola Ogunsakin that the 2023 elections have caught the attention of Nigerians in a way that it has never arrested their attention before.
He said, ‘This time around the people are engaged. They see that elections have consequences and they are involved in getting involved in the process because President Muhammadu Buhari has taught everybody.’
Meanwhile, Mr. Obi has stated that the Nigerian Presidency is not a retirement loan, insisting that the country needs a stingy leader at the moment.
Obi added that he is the youngest, fittest, and most qualified of the four top candidates for president and that he owes no one an explanation for being stingy.
As part of his nationwide campaign, he made these remarks in front of a multitude of party members and supporters at the All Saints Cathedral Field in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Before coming to Onitsha, the Labour Party candidate had earlier met with Anambra Traditional Rulers and other stakeholders at the Government House, Awka.
He said, ‘The presidency is not about turn, but about capacity because if it is about turn, people like us would insist that it is our turn and should be considered.
‘The job of a President is not a retirement home or for any kind of settlement but about uniting and rebuilding the country.
‘They said that I am a stingy man and I say they didn’t say that I am extravagant or that I embezzled public funds only that I am stingy and I tell you the job and the Presidency of our country needs a stingy person.’
He said would negotiate with agitators to make peace in the country which has been taken over by restiveness, but if those causing insecurity and restiveness refuse, ‘we will tell them that we have a government in Nigeria.’
He said, ‘All we are coming to do is to end suffering and build a new Nigeria. In Nigeria today, nobody is safe, and families are begging to eat. We will secure and unite Nigeria.
‘What I did in Anambra, I will do in Nigeria. We will negotiate, but whoever refuses, we will tell him there is a government.
‘Anambra is a trading and manufacturing city, we will support all businesses. We will do same in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Borno. Every part of Nigeria will be productive.
‘We will open roads. Any tarred road you see in Onitsha was tarred by me. I built the best road network in Nigeria. Those who left Nigeria will come back; we will face exportation to stabilise and reverse the dwindling fortunes of the naira if we assume power.
‘There is no combination between us and others, if you have not created wealth, you cannot manage it. Datti and I are businessmen. The only way Nigeria can change is to hand it over to wealth creators.’
Obi’s running mate, Yusuf Datti said he decided to work with Obi because he believes in justice, equality, and fairness.