The Labour Party’s (LP) Peter Obi, who is running for president, claims that the country’s increasing insecurity, including insurgency, banditry, and kidnapping, as well as the nation’s economic collapse and accompanying poverty, have become insurmountable because the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration is a relatively small party.
He added that APC lacks the resources and expertise necessary to guide Nigerians to the Promised Land.
At a meeting with stakeholders in Borno state held on Thursday at the Pinnacle Hotels in Maiduguri, the LP presidential candidate made this claim.
Senator Dr. Yusuf Datti, who is the LP’s vice presidential candidate, represented Obi, stating that he was in Borno state as part of ongoing community consultations to discuss a way forward as the party gears up for its nationwide campaigns to win support from Nigerians in order to “Change the Change” in 2023.
His words: ” I am in Borno for a personal assessment tour to see for myself the particular challenges, peculiarities, key individuals and trends in the state, especially the established voting patterns and how our great Obedient Party, the LP, will reform it to favour us in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
“After this meeting, we will go back and sit down with the Presidential Campaign Council, PCC as Obedient Movement, just to enhance the already existing brilliant chances and opportunities of winning the 2023 Presidential election by God’s Grace,” Datti said.
He alleged that “apart from LP, which is the only political party with a good structure to rescue the lost glory of Nigerians, the ruling APC and all other political parties are the configurations of money collecting party officials who are only interested in selfish aggrandisement.
“The increasing insecurity such as insurgency, banditry, kidnapping coupled with the economic meltdown and attendant poverty bedevilling the country in the past seven years became insurmountable because the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is a small party to reckon with.
“Besides, the APC as a political party lack the wherewithal and competency to lead Nigerians to the Promised Land.
“It will interest you to know that the Tsunami that happened during the last elections in the North West and North East in favour of President Buhari is ongoing in all the six geo-political zones in favour of the LP. I have been to Sokoto state, which is the seat of the Caliphate, I have been to Adamawa state, and I am now in Borno, and I have seen what is on the ground, Nigerians, especially our youths and women, are redefining Nigerian politics, not strictly about the state of origin, religion or tribe, but about people like Peter Obi who is ready to reunite this country and safe us from all shackles of insecurity, poverty and unemployment,” Datti stated.
On how the LP will address some of the challenges, such as insecurity and the economy, differently from President Buhari’s administration, Datti said ‘Procurement and Justice’.
“If given the mandate come 2023, we are going to embark on Procurement, this is what Peter Obi did when he was a Governor for eight years.
“From the systems level, we will procure security, healthcare, education and every good thing of life. We are not wasteful, we will extract every opportunity and utility of every naira we will spend. We will appoint based on competency, merit and track records. Never again will a Nigerian buy an appointment, never, because we will not have money launderers in our system,” he stressed.