I am for peace – Obi

Following the crisis rocking the Labour Party, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Party, Peter Obi, has pledged his continuous support for peace within the party.

He started this on Sunday when he donated a borehole to Pantami Sheep Market in Gombe State, a market with thousands of business owners and households. Obi stated that his visit to various states of the country is to meet the needs of people, especially during the Ramadan fasting by the Muslim faithful.

On the crisis in the party, the former Anambra state governor said, “I am for peace, I believe that we are one. We are one people and our concentration should be on peace and I believe we will resolve all issues.” 

Recently, the Labour Party has been impacted by internal disputes, with Julius Abure at the centre of the controversy. While some party members have maintained that Abure’s term as LP chairman was over, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and many other party members have rejected the development, with the labour union insisting that Abure must step down. Abure was reportedly re-elected during the party’s recent national convention, which was held in Anambra.

In a separate development, Obi has stressed the need for the Federal Government to provide subsidies on electricity tariffs for less-privileged Nigerians.

He stated this when he visited Bauchi State in North-East Nigeria where he inaugurated a borehole project in the Sabon Layi Community on the outskirts of the Bauchi metropolis.

If higher tariffs are absolutely necessary, Obi contended, they should only affect those who can afford them, not those who are already struggling.

He emphasized the significance of helping small enterprises and encouraging economic growth, and he also emphasised the necessity of making a determined effort to increase power generation.

On April 3, 2024, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) increased the price of electricity for consumers who receive 20 hours of power every day. Clients in this group are referred to as belonging to Band A. Given the urgency of the pricing hike and the ongoing hardship in the country, many Nigerians have harshly lambasted the news, which will see users pay N225 kilowatt per hour instead of the current N66.

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