The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has said Nigerians should vote for him because he is qualified and competent.
He stated this on Sunday during the Presidential Town Hall series organised by Arise TV. He said that Nigerians should look above ethnic or entitlement sentiments but on the competence he comes with.
Obi claims that because of his ability to help Nigeria out of its current situation, Nigerians should support him in the election. He insisted that only the young people and the women have a turn.
He said, “Do not vote for Peter Obi because I am from the South East, because I am a Christian, because I am an Igbo man, or because it is my turn. It is the turn of Nigeria Youth and Women, It is nobody’s turn.
“I want you to vote for Peter Obi because I am qualified. Because I am competent. I know how to put this country out of the brink.”
Obi emphasised the necessity of bolstering and reinvigorating the local vigilante system in the country and having them cooperate with the police while explaining how he would address the nation’s security issues.
He said, “To provide every community a vigilante system that works, provide them with vehicles, communication equipment, linking them to work with the police.”
The presidential aspirant also criticised the current administration for lacking initiative and failing to follow intelligence in preventing the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.
Obi said that he would have taken alternative actions to prevent the disaster if he had been elected president.
“There was a failure of the intelligence processor because before that incident happened, from the information available, they were already indications of insecurity within that rail corridor as well as previous attempts and intelligence that were ignored. So there was a failure of processing and giving due attention to intelligence which I would have promptly dealt with.
“Two, when it happened, the government’s action and communication were weak. If I were commander-in-chief, we would have acted swiftly, and throughout that process, we’ll have remained in communication and, at least, showed consistent empathy to that families of those involved,” he said.