The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, says his political journey has been a tale of miracles, adding that he is looking forward to another miracle come 2023.
Mr Obi stated this on Monday while fielding questions on Channels Television’s Politics Today, regarding his exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a statement from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar suggesting that it will be a miracle for the LP’s candidate to become president.
“Miracle is at the root of our faith, what strengthens our faith is miracle,” Obi answered in reply to the PDP’s Presidential Candidate who he still regards as a friend and elder brother.
He added, “For me, since I started this political journey, my achievements and records have all been miracles, it has all been miraculous.
“I ran for governor in a party that was less than one year old, when I started in 2003 and won the election, they declared somebody else, I went to court and everybody said it was impossible, there is no way, it has never happened before but after three years, the court declared me the winner.
“I was sworn in, six months I was impeached alongside Fayose and Dariye, I went to court and again I became the first governor to come back from impeachment. So I was the first governor to win through the court, and first to come back from impeachment.
“And then in 2007, about one year in office, INEC conducted an election and Andy Uba won and was sworn in as governor, I went to court again to seek the interpretation of our constitution that my tenure is four years, everybody said it will never happen but again the Supreme Court declared me the winner which is why you have staggered election in various states today.
“I can go on an on and tell you so many things that have happened in this my journey which can be termed a miracle, and I am looking forward to the next miracle next year to complete the miraculous journey of my political life.”
Speaking further regarding his relationship with Atiku and the PDP, Obi said it is true that he did not tell Atiku Abubakar before resigning from the PDP.
“I did not even tell my family. I did not want anyone to talk me out of it,” the former governor explained.
He added, “Vice President Atiku remains my respected elder brother, and what he has said is true. When I left the PDP I did not tell him and other respected persons in my life including my family.
“There is a time in your life that you take a decision which you consider appropriate for your own future.”
According to Mr Obi, his decision to leave PDP was in the best interest of his future and the future of Nigeria. He recalled that when he left the opposition party, his stand was that he would rather do the right thing and fail than do the wrong thing and succeed.
Obi said he left the PDP based on the circumstances he found himself and where he found himself at the time, adding that he is certain that Atiku understands.
Addressing the security situation in Nigeria, Mr Obi said when he becomes president in 2023, he will face the nation’s security crisis head-on.
The former Anambra State governor said his solution to the security problem will be “decisive and immediate”.
While stressing that the situation has been very worrisome, Mr Obi said he feels the Federal Government should do more.
Obi’s comments come a few hours after the terrorists who attacked an Abuja/Kaduna train on March 28, 2022, released three victims out of the 62 hostages who they abducted.
A disturbing video on Sunday had shown some of the victims being flogged, even as the terrorists threatened to sell some into slavery and kill others.
Reacting to the development and others across the country, the Labour Party’s Presidential Flagbearer, said there are so many things that he would put in place to stem the tide of insecurity, most of which he cannot mention on air at the moment.
Speaking further, Mr Obi was of the opinion that there needs to be an economic transformation for the security situation in Nigeria to change.
“To improve the security situation in Nigeria, as President, I will ensure the economy works and more people are pulled out of poverty.
“The more you remove people out of poverty, the more you reduce criminality. It is critical and important, as long as the economy continues to head south like we are seeing today, your criminality will be rising,” Obi explained.
Further to that, he said other measures needs to be put in place including proper man power and standard equipment which will increase productivity.
PDP has sued INEC, seeking the delisting of legislative candidates of APC in Rivers State for the 2023 general elections.
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule is of the opinion that the 2023 presidential election will still be…
Peter Obi has revealed his plans to apply the knowledge gathered from his trip to Egypt if elected as Nigeria’s…
Former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi has said that contrary to claims in certain quarters, he is…
Pope Francis on Monday apologized for the "evil" inflicted on the Indigenous peoples of Canada on the first day…
Mr Peter Obi has decried the nation's worsening insecurity in the country.