He likened Nigeria to a vehicle with knocked engine caused by the recklessness and quackery of its past drivers, saying that a new Nigeria is possible if entrusted into the hands of trained, confident and fully qualified drivers – Baba Datti Ahmed and himself.”
By Deborah Hassan
365Daily – The Presidential Candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has urged Nigerians to vote for a competent driver that will move the nation forward.
He made the call at Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan, Oyo State, where he had a campaign rally on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
He likened Nigeria to a vehicle with knocked engine caused by the recklessness and quackery of its past drivers, saying that a new Nigeria is possible if entrusted into the hands of trained, confident and fully qualified drivers – Baba Datti Ahmed and himself.
A statement issued by the Obi-Datti Media stated that Obi was introduced at the rally by the Director General of the Campign, Dr. Doyin Okupe, who started his speech by paying glowing tributes to late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Ladoke Akintola.
He also paid tributes to the current leaders of the Yorubas, especially Pa Ayo Adebanjo who was there physically, and the Afenefere, according to the statement.
It added that Obi said that by standing on the side of equity and justice, Afenefere had stood out as one of the custodians of the conscience of the nation.
He said that justice, equity and fairness remained the only durable foundation for the future of a prosperous Nigeria.
Dwelling at length on the trajectory of his government, Obi said that their first priority would be to secure and unite Nigeria and Nigerians, move the country from consumption to production.
He also talked about bringing back the greatness of Nigerian cities by building on their strength, thus restoring Lagos as the financial capital of Africa; Ibadan as a strong industrial and educational base; the vast north as the food basket of the country.
Obi decried the use of tribe, religion and ethnicity as an instrument of division and vowed that Datti and himself would ignore those distractions and use their experiences as wealth creators to expand the national cake for everybody to equitably enjoy.
Earlier in his speech, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, whose over 90 years made him an unlikely participant at a political rally, said he was determined to attend in his desire to see the birth of equitable, strong and fair Nigeria, which Obi/Datti’s candidature represented.
In her remarks, Aisha Yesufu, described the Obi-Datti movement as the promise of a great future, saying it was about time all those that were manifestly part of the old order were cleared from the road to birth a renewal, which Obi’s quest represents.
In her vote of thanks, the in-coming First Lady, Mrs Margaret Peter-Obi urged Nigerians to show sustained commitment to the movement for renewal by collecting their PVCs.