Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party((LP) has assured that if elected president in 2023, his administration will work assiduously to ensure the security and unity of all Nigerians.
Obi spoke on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 while addressing a rally in Jos, capital of Plateau State.
The LP presidential candidate, who had before the rally visited the traditional ruler of Jos, the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Highness, Jacob Gyang Buba in his palace, urged the teeming crowd to reflect on the journey ahead to the 2023 elections.
Deploring the prevailing political and economic situation in the country, Obi said the task before the incoming government would be daunting as it would need to confront an overwhelming array of national interest challenges.
He said that with the presidential election closing in, the Labour Party is canvassing for electoral legitimacy as means to governance legitimacy. He said to achieve this, three important things needed to be done.
“First, we must pray. We must pray for peaceful and successful elections; for the turnaround of our country and for the security of the members of the OBIdient Family and every participant including the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC throughout the duration of the exercise.
Second, we must summon up courage. The courage to stand up for what is right; to make the much needed sacrifices and ultimately, to rescue our country from those who have perfected State Capture.
Third, we must recommit ourselves to an issues-based campaign. Let us pray for a peaceful and issue-based campaign that will eventually lead to God’s desire for a president that will be best suitable for our great country moving forward. There is no alternative to discussing the way forward”, Obi stated.
He said those who contributed to ruining Nigeria cannot shy away from their role and complicity and cannot continue to offer excuses.
He promised a new deal for Nigerians if elected in February 2023.
“For our part, the Obi-Datti administration represents, the HOPE, AND PROMISE for a united, secure and productive Nigeria and a transformative leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment. These 4 Cs, are leadership competencies required to turn Nigeria around.
“And here is my promise to the great and peace loving people of the Middle Belt. Our administration will ensure that Nigerians are fully protected in their homesteads: and that their lives, properties and means of livelihood will always be secured. That, after all, is the Primary Responsibility of government”, the LP presidential candidate stated.
Insisting that Nigerians had no other country but Nigeria he said everyone must learn to respect each other, tolerate and do things accordingly in order to create an atmosphere that will usher in unity, progress and the greatness we were destined for from inception.
The former Governor of Anambra State, who has been widely praised for his adroit management of the resources of the state and for ushering the peace and security that eluded the state before his election as its Chief Executive, called for prayers for successful elections and for the security of everyone involved in the elections including all the candidates, his supporters and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).
The huge turnout of Nigerians at the Jos rally, the first since INEC officially gave the go-ahead to political parties to commence campaigns, fits into the growing acceptance of Obi by Nigerians across ethnic, religious and professional demographics. His acceptance is particularly high among youths whose interest in the electoral process has been stoked by his entry into the race.
His soaring profile is redefining primordial election dynamics in the country with his presence in the race opening up a third front as against the traditional two-horse competition between the ruling party and a main opposition party as had been the case since the Second Republic. Recent polls conducted nationally and internationally, have put him ahead of the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC).