The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has revealed the reason behind the country’s downward trajectory.
Naija News reports that Nigeria has been facing a series of challenges ranging from insecurity, high inflation, food shortage, bad economy, poor health facilities and a host of others.
Speaking during an appearance on Arise TV on Wednesday, Obi stated that the reason behind the country’s backwardness was that Nigeria’s affairs were being piloted by ‘vehicle drivers’.
The former Anambra Governor argued that the country’s affairs should be handled by sound and qualified pilots.
He said, “We choose to vote for incompetence based on a primitive consideration of ethnicity and religion. Tell me, today, you can’t travel from Abuja to Kaduna by air, by road, or by train. Is it because somebody from the South-East is in charge?
“You can’t travel from Abuja to Minna by road, is it because somebody from the South-East is in charge? Yesterday, we had an attack on the presidential convoy in Katsina, is it because a person from the South East is in charge? Show me where you can buy food cheaper.
”You have not talked about electricity, or people are prospering in the North because northerners are in power? In the South West because they are in power or in the South-East.”
Obi opined that the ethnic and religious sentiments of most Nigerians during the electoral cycle had led Nigeria to its current state.
The LP presidential candidate, however, advised Nigerians to use the 2023 presidential election to choose a capable and competent leader to pilot the country’s affairs.
He added, “What we have chosen to do in this country is that we consistently hire vehicle drivers to fly the Nigerian aeroplane, instead of qualified pilots. My commitment is to let us campaign and deal with issues on problems within the country. There are a lot of problems besieging this country.
If you don’t know today, this country will soon default on their debt servicing. This is what should be preoccupying us now. Universities have shut down and we are talking about who we’ll vote for. Let’s deal with the issues.
“This election will not be based on ‘my turn’. It will not be based on ethnicity. It will not be based on religion. It will be based on a Nigerian agenda to save this Nigeria.
“Nigeria is in a coma, and it needs a specialist, and that is what I’m offering to save its life or it will die. I’m appealing to people to vote to save Nigeria, and to save Nigeria is to hire the best.”
Naija News reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and some of his loyalists are currently at loggerheads with the PDP leadership and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over failed agreements.
Speaking on a television program, Jacob Mark said the doors to mending issues with Wike are still open.
According to him, the Rivers governor is very interested in settling issues in the PDP and won’t work against the opposition party.