Obi hails Wike’s stance on equity, fairness
…as gov commends him for dumping PDP to pursue ambition
Presidential Candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has said that Governor Nyesom Wike’s insistence on doing things the right way has distinguished him.
This is as Wike commended Obi for leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the frustrations meted to him to pursue his political ambition.
Obi spoke, yesterday, in Port Harcourt at the inauguration of the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover, the ninth in the series of such projects by Wike.
Obi said: “Nobody in this country can doubt your performance. Anybody who does so, does not admit what is good. You have worked for your people, you have worked for Nigeria and you have done everything anybody could achieve.
“What is lacking in our country today is character, competence and capacity. In all these, you have shown it as a state governor.”
Obi pointed out that 18 presidential candidates are gearing up to contest the 2023 election but Nigerians are looking for men of character, competence and capacity, including those who have used previous opportunities to offer service profitably.
“I assure you of our commitment to build a better Nigeria. Our past will not be our future. Those people are our past. I and Datti (Baba-Ahmed) represent the future of Nigeria. And I have told Nigerians, hold me responsible. I know what it takes to turn around this country. I will not give excuse. I will change Nigeria.”
Wike observed that there are so many people who had left office for years and have gathered around a political actor in their desperation to force themselves back to power. He said: “All they want to do, let us get the opportunity to come back to power. Nigerians, we must open our eyes. You (politicians) must sell yourself; this is me. You must not sell yourself because you belong to a major ethnic group. Every vote in this country will count.
“Time is over when anybody thinks that you can win election because you’re from so and so place. Nigeria has past that stage. We want a Nigeria that all of us believe in that we are from here. We want a Nigeria that I have hope that I can become anything tomorrow, not because I came from a small place.”
Wike restated his resolve to remain in the PDP and fight those he described as vampire, armed robbers and scavengers.He offered to provide logistics to Mr. Peter Obi whenever he visits Rivers State for his presidential campaign.
The Rivers State governor urged the Labour Party presidential candidate to ignore envious persons from his home state, who are bent to distract him in his pursuit for the presidency.