residential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi has said after he wins the 2023 elections, he intends to use the instruments of job creation and regenerative investments to drastically reduce the high incidence of insecurity and poverty while moving the economy from the consumptive to the productive mode.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Mr Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State, made this known as the Labour Party and Coalition for Peter Obi held a leadership summit in Abuja, the federal capital territory (FCT) on Thursday.
The summit had coalition groups working for the presidential bid of the former Anambra Governor in attendance.
“From where I stand, I dare to proclaim that Nigeria’s Democracy Must Survive! The new alliance that we seek is between Nigerian Youths, the Labour Party, which represent Nigerian workers, and Like Minds. Collectively, it is an alliance of the #OBIdients!
“Going forward, we must look for ways to move Nigeria beyond oil. We must end this criminality called ‘oil subsidy’. Nigeria today is vastly polarised and wrecked by divisions that run deep along religious, ethnic and regional lines.
“There is a staggering level of corruption. Our universities have remained closed for over five months. While our healthcare system remains comatose, power generation and distribution are also at an all-time low.
“After we win the 2023 elections, we intend to use the instruments of job creation and regenerative investments to drastically reduce the high incidence of insecurity and poverty, while moving the economy from the consumptive to the productive mode.
“Undoubtedly, the greatest challenge we face beyond bad leadership, is lack of elite consensus. But, let us not forget Dante Alighieri‘s admonition, that “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
“History must serve as a tool in our decision making. The implosion of Nigeria has long been forecasted. Year 2023 could be a tipping point in the annals of our history. But that must not happen, even as the options before the electorate seem stark.
“Finally, Our structure is everyone seated in this hall today! Yes, we have structure, and we are ready to move mountains to save Nigeria,” Peter Obi stated.
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) also promised to return power back to the citizens, saying that in 2023, Nigerians would no longer allow “drivers that don’t know where we are going” to lead the country.
According to him, nobody knows where the country is heading. Obi said his job in 2023 is to wrest power from those who hold it presently and return it back to the people. He said his administration would provide leadership which he said had been lacking.
Obi said: “Our job is to take power from those who have it and give it back to you. We have a country called Nigeria but we don’t have Nigerians. What we want to do is to create Nigerians.
“The only way to create Nigerians is to make people to have hope in Nigeria and the only way they will have faith in Nigeria is that there is hope in Nigerians.
“The only thing that is lacking in this country is leadership. And that is what we intend to provide. We are not trying to do something else. Leadership is what Datti and I want to provide. We are not looking for anything.
“In 2023, we will no longer allow drivers that don’t know where we are going. We will remove that driver. We will not allow him to continue. We will put another driver to continue because what we have now, and what is happening in Nigeria is that you don’t know where you are going, the driver doesn’t know where the vehicle is going, so every road leads us there.
“But we don’t want to worry. All we say is that 2023 onwards, we will no longer allow that situation. For now, we will manage it to the end.”
He also pledged to return the country to production, saying: “All we want to do is to move this country from consumption to production”.
The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure boasted that the party will win the 2023 presidential election. Abure, who is a former trade union leader, said the party was on a mission to rescue Nigeria. He said the country was tilting towards collapse as a result of insecurity and a failing economy.
Director – General of Obi/Datti Campaign Organisation, Dr Doyin Okupe, warned that Nigerians would suffer if the country continued on the same path. He said the party would mobilise to ensure that everyone at the polling stations voted for the LP.
Vice Presidential candidate of the party, Datti Baba-Ahmed called for calm ahead of the election. He cautioned election riggers to “sheath their sword” and allow the voice of the people to prevail.
Baba-Ahmed said: “We do not take anything from anybody for campaign. We are not looking for money in government. We are looking for how to manage government money by following a serious leader who knows how to create money.
“I am following a leader who has nothing to achieve again in this life except to see a peaceful and prosperous nation.
“It pains me when a uniform staff of a federal government of Nigeria, in broad daylight will collect money. Each time I see it, my heart breaks. That similar act is a bad a $20 billion scandal and it happens every day. We are going to end it. We are going to change it”.