On Tuesday, Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, insisted that Nigeria currently needs a frugal leader and that the presidency is not a retirement loan.
Obi added that he is the youngest, fittest, and most qualified of the four top candidates for president, and that he owes no one an explanation for being stingy.
As part of his countrywide campaign, he made these remarks in front of a multitude of party members and supporters at the All Saints Cathedral Field in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The Labour Party candidate had previously met with Anambra Traditional Rulers and other stakeholders at the Government House in Awka before traveling to Onitsha.
He said, “The presidency is not about turn, but about capacity because if it is about turn, people like us would insist that it is our turn and should be considered.
“The job of a President is not a retirement home or for any kind of settlement but about uniting and rebuilding the country.
“They said that I am a stingy man and I say they didn’t say that I am extravagant or that I embezzled public funds only that I am stingy and I tell you the job and the Presidency of our country needs a stingy person.”
He said would negotiate with agitators to make peace in the country which has been taken over by restiveness, but if those causing insecurity and restiveness refuse, “we will tell them that we have a government in Nigeria.”
He said, “All we are coming to do is to end suffering and build a new Nigeria. In Nigeria today, nobody is safe, and families are begging to eat. We will secure and unite Nigeria.
“What I did in Anambra, I will do in Nigeria. We will negotiate, but whoever refuses, we will tell him there is a government.
“Anambra is a trading and manufacturing city, we will support all businesses. We will do same in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Borno. Every part of Nigeria will be productive.
“We will open roads. Any tarred road you see in Onitsha was tarred by me. I built the best road network in Nigeria. Those who left Nigeria will come back; we will face exportation to stabilise and reverse the dwindling fortunes of the naira if we assume power.
“There is no combination between us and others, if you have not created wealth, you cannot manage it. Datti and I are businessmen. The only way Nigeria can change is to hand it over to wealth creators.