The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi said Nigeria is in dire need of a president who has the necessary mental, physical energy and capacity to take it out of the quagmire.
He noted that the people have moved beyond voting on sentiments based on religion, state of origin or entitlement mentality.
Addressing a crowd in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, the presidential candidate said that old politicians have continued to divide Nigeria along ethnic and religious lines for their selfish interest saying that hunger and hardship do not recognize ethnicity and religion.
Obi who expressed hope that Nigeria will be great again irrespective of what it is currently facing said his first priority when elected will be to unite the country and restore peace.
He said he will ensure that the educational system and the currency are strengthened as well as ensure an increase in the manufacturing and production capacity of the country.
His words: “[The] 2023 elections will be the turn of the people to elect who will be their leaders and not for any candidate’s turn; it is not going to be by tribe, religion because poverty and hardship do not recognize such things. Rather people should consider competence, capability and capacity. It is going to be based on whoever has the required mental and physical energy and capacity.”
Obi also promised to ensure the full operations of the ongoing Ibom Deep Seaport and turn Akwa Ibom into an export processing centre if elected the next president of Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, the national chairman of the party, Julius Abure lauded the people for coming out en masse to support the party’s presidential candidate promising that Obi will never betray their trust if elected.
Attributing the insecurity, and poverty in the country to bad leadership, Abure urged the people not to vote for those who lack the capacity to address the problems in Nigeria and who do not have their interests at heart.