Nigeria Requires A Leadership Imbued With Competence – Peter Obi

 

Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, says Nigeria at this moment in her history requires only a leadership imbued with competence. 

At an interface with Nigerians in Washington D.C, Mr Obi said good governance simply translates to eight critical governance values and an unfettered commitment to upholding them.

In his opinion Nigeria requires a leadership or government being accountable, transparent, responsive, equitable, inclusive, effective and efficient.


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In addition to these, the former Anambra State governor said the leader must at all times follow the rule of law, and make his government participatory and consensus-oriented.

He said there are the 4 Cs, and leadership values required to turn Nigeria around, adding that what Nigeria needs is a “leadership imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment”.

The LP flagbearer further stated that the primary responsibility of the citizens in governance is twofold: to elect their leaders and secondly, to hold such leaders accountable.

He also shared that Nigeria’s Diaspora has a continuing role and responsibility toward nation-building and national development.

“With $20 billion in remittances in 2021, Nigeria ranks 6th behind the top five recipient countries; namely; India Mexico, China, the Philippines, Egypt, and Bangladesh.

“Expert assessments indicate that with proper policy and planning, we can leapfrog to about $60b in remittances annually. That will translate to about 14% of our total GDP.

“In 2021 Nigeria’s foreign direct investment (FDI) was $4.8 billion. Therefore, I see Diaspora remittances as the new normal and becoming Nigeria’s Official Development Assistance (ODA); some kind of foreign loan-without interest,” the former governor enunciated.

Mr Obi went on to assert that bolstering Nigeria’s power sector is imperative, adding that his administration will lay special emphasis on critical infrastructure, especially power, to ensure a clear measurable increase of 200% of the present generation, transmission and distribution, within the shortest possible time through a public-private partnership.

Additionally, he assured those present that trade and investment will remain core components of his government’s African foreign policy.

Photo Ops with Jonathan Can’t Help You, PDP Tells Tinubu, Shettima

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says Nigerians are scandalized over the disgraceful and hypocritical attempt by the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other APC leaders to distance themselves from President Muhammadu Buhari over the abysmal failure of the Buhari-led administration in which they are principal actors.

According to a statement by the PDP’s spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the party said it was in a desperate design to whitewash the APC’s battered public image, identifying with the obvious successes of the PDP and in an attempt to posture as statesmen that the APC Presidential Candidate, his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima and other APC leaders shamelessly orchestrated a photo opportunity with the “distinguished and successful former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.


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“This is a patriotic Nigerian leader whose PDP-led purposeful and successful government the APC leaders viciously harassed, constantly insulted, labelled, sabotaged and discredited for their selfish power-grabbing enterprise.

“Nigerians have not forgotten how Asiwaju Tinubu callously vilified and pilloried Dr. Jonathan, spewed hate against his administration and reportedly funded a near riotous protest which was inflamed by concocted economic lies, propaganda and false statistics to discredit the Jonathan-led PDP administration.

“Nigerians can equally recall how Sen. Shettima as governor of Borno State sabotaged and frustrated the Jonathan’s administration in its effort to curb insecurity in Borno State.

“Records still have it on how the APC Vice Presidential candidate as governor of Borno State failed to act on a security report and directive to close schools in remote parts of Borno State and relocate students to the more secure capital of Maiduguri to write their GCE examinations; thus creating the opening for the cruel abduction of school girls in Chibok, Borno State.

“Nigerian will also note how the then Governor Shettima abdicated his duty as chief security officer and reportedly withheld vital security information in preference to non-state actors including terrorist elements, thereby frustrating the timely rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.

“It can also be recalled that after the infamous abduction, the principal of the school was subsequently appointed as a commissioner in Borno State by the then Governor Shettima; a development many considered as a compensation for her alleged role in the abduction.

“It is therefore ironic that these same APC leaders who also spent the last seven years insulting and harassing Dr. Jonathan now shamelessly arranged a visit and photo opportunity in an attempt to launder their image and hoodwink Nigerians from the atrocities and monumental evil they brought to our country.

“It is indeed provocative that after turning our nation into a vast killing field by emboldening terrorist elements to massacre our citizens; wrecking our once robust economy, elevating corruption to an official state policy and turning our nation into the poverty capital of the world, APC leader are seeking to beguile Nigerians again,” Ologunagba argued.

The PDP spokesman said the Party is aware that these APC leaders have lined up several illusory antics to mislead Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections, but they must know that Nigerians have moved on and cannot be swayed by propaganda, lies, false promises and photo ops with successful individuals.

He further opined that what is expected of APC leaders at this moment is to apologize unreservedly to Dr. Jonathan, the PDP and Nigerians for the life-discounting situation they have foisted on our nation in the last seven years.

Additionally, Ologunagba said afterwards, the APC should quietly quit the stage, take valedictory pictures with terrorists, political thugs and election riggers since they cannot have any space among well-meaning Nigerians.

Consultations With Atiku, Obi, Tinubu, OBJ Are In Nigeria’s Interest – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says his consultations ahead of the 2023 elections are in the best interest of the nation.

The governor had in the past few days met with top politicians in the country including the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar; his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi and former President Olusegun Obasanjo among others in London, UK.

Wike’s recent moves, following his fallout with the PDP after the presidential primary which he lost to Atiku, have triggered widespread reactions but the governor said his consultations portend good tidings for Nigeria.

“What we are talking about is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not a parochial thing – being centred on a person or group of persons,” the governor said Friday at the VIP Lounge of the Port Harcourt International Airport following his arrival in the country.

“We believe that what is going on will be in the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day. Consultation is still ongoing. Nothing we have said now has been concretised. Discussions are going on.”

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Undeterred Governor

Channels Television had earlier reported that two persons were trapped and three persons rescued after the collapse.
Governors Nyesom Wike, Samuel Ortom, and Okezie Ikpeazu after their arrival in the country from London on Friday, August 26th, 2022.

 

According to the former minister, nothing can deter his camp from saving Nigeria from some leaders who only want to turn political offices into a family business.

“Leadership is not about you and your family. Leadership is about everybody. Somebody finishes eight years as governor, he brings his own son to be governor, brings his son to go to National Assembly?” the governor asked.

“It is only in this part of the world that you can see that. When we are talking about poverty everywhere? These are people who do not mean well for Nigeria.”

He is, however, optimistic “that with the consultations that are ongoing, it will be a thing of the past”.

“No amount of insults, blackmail can deter us from doing the right thing,” Wike maintained. “So, we are poised for it and there will be no going back.”

The Rivers governor touched down at the airport alongside Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State who were with him during his London trip.

‘Religion Not The Issue’: Akeredolu Defends APC’s Same Faith Ticket 

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has defended the same faith presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), insisting that competence matters the most. 

The governor spoke on the heels of criticisms that greeted the APC presidential ticket of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, both of the Muslim faith.

In an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the governor maintained that other issues, not religion, should be on the front burner in the lead-up to the presidential election next year.

“If you had listened to my lecture today, I was very clear. I said that religion is not the issue now. We have other issues that should be on the front burner today -restructuring; rotational presidency,” Akeredolu said on Wednesday.

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“When you talk about religion, I am saying religion should have no part to play. Competence, knowledge, and your track record should come to play in this instance,” he added.

According to him, his stance is not influenced by the fact that Tinubu will be on the ballot next year. Rather, he pinned it on power rotation to southern Nigeria.

“If you listen to my lecture, I said if Obi is elected, that would be alright; if Bola Tinubu is elected, that would be alright. For me, it must come to the south,” the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), explained.

He maintained that the country’s power-sharing deal better known as zoning should be respected.

As far as he is concerned, “since 1999, there is an understanding that we move from north to south, rotate the presidency, and that if today, we have people who want to deploy what I will call manipulation of our people on religious basis to think you can change it, then we should not accept it”.

Kwankwaso Cannot Be A Running Mate To Peter Obi – Jibrin

A photo combination of Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi.

 

A former member of the House of Representatives Abdulmumin Jibrin has ruled out speculations that Rabiu Kwankwaso will be a running mate to Peter Obi. 

He said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics amid reports that the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate is in talks with Obi over a planned merger.

“Very clearly, Kwankwaso will not be the running mate to Peter Obi. By every standard, Kwankwaso should be the presidential candidate,” the NNPP chieftain said during the show.

“Kwankwaso has more political exposure and experience. He has a bigger profile when it comes to that (political exposure). He has more experience politically on how to win the election.

“At the end of the day, when you look at the equity contribution in terms of votes, it will be a ratio of about 70 to 30 percent. We are looking at bringing 70 percent of the contributions. Even if it is business – Peter Obi is experienced in business –  he knows that whoever is bringing the larger percentage of the equity is expected to stay on board.”

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‘The Best Opportunity’

He claimed that Kwankwaso is the only politician in the northern part of Nigeria that commands huge followership like President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that aside from Obi, the NNPP is also looking at other options.

“We are working on getting a presidential running mate,” he said, calling on the southeast region to back the NNPP.

Jubrin believes the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have betrayed the region. For this, he argues that the southeast should drum support for the NNPP.

“The southeast has been seriously backstabbed by the APC and they have been ‘front stabbed’ by the PDP. They have worked so much for the PDP. The PDP and APC have thrown away the southeast, they have said to them, ‘we don’t need you people,'” he said.

“The last time the southeast has been on the table to discuss the presidency of this country was Alex Ekwueme (Nigeria’s first elected Vice President who served from 1979 to 1983). The first opportunity they have now is with Kwankwaso. They have to think very clearly not to waste their votes. They should come and take up the running mate. This is the best opportunity for them.”

“The southeast should think clearly and rally around Kwankwaso,” Jubrin added.

Wike Receives Bala Mohammed After Peter Obi’s Visit

Wike and Bala contested the PDP presidential primary election.

 

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed on Wednesday paid a visit to his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, at his private residence in Port Harcourt.

This was moments after the former Governor of Anambra State and presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, met with Governor Wike at his residence.

Both meetings were held separately behind closed doors.

None of them also spoke to journalists about the purpose of the meetings as no media coverage was allowed.

Obi and Bala’s visit was held four days after the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, was also received by Governor Wike at night.

The visit comes after Peter Obi was received by Governor Wike.

 

All the visitors and their host were presidential aspirants in the last primary conducted by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While Umahi was a presidential aspirant on the platform of the APC, Bala Mohammed and Nyesom Wike contested on the platform of the PDP.

Peter Obi, who was seeking the ticket of the PDP, pulled out of the race mid-way to pick the presidential ticket of the Labour Party (LP).

 

Political consultations are expected to be high in the run-off to the 2023 elections as political parties have concluded the selection of party flag bearers and running mates for the elections.

‘Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum’: Obi Tells Nigerians To Take Back Country

A file photo of former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi

 

Peter Obi has called on Nigerians to take back the country, claiming the nation’s political space has been taken over by those he described as “lunatics”.

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) believes many of those in the political space do not have business being there.

“Seventy per cent of those who are in politics today should not have any reason to be near there. I have said it before and I will say it again. Politics in Nigeria is a case where lunatics took over the asylum. They must be out.” the former governor of Anambra State said on Sunday’s ‘Men of Valour’ conference organised by the Revival House of Glory International Church (RHOGIC), Abuja.

“You must replace that asylum with people who are competent. This is the only country where the worst is leading; the best should lead. I have served there; I am a trader and I started gradually and entered into politics.”

According to him, some persons in leadership positions who loot public funds are not greedy but “sick”.

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“How do you think about one person taking N80 billion? $200m? That is sickness. It is not greed. The person is greedy. Greed is taking one N1 billion which he is not entitled to but taking N80 billion is sickness. That is a simple truth. And that’s why I said mad people have taken over,” he said in the programme tagged ‘Navigating the Corridors of Power, the Church, and the Politics’.

According to him, more competent people should take over governance as that is the only way to reposition the country just as he accused political parties of having no ideology.

He, however, believes that “If we get more young people who have the competence and capacity to be there, they can start developing these things” he said.

Obi dismissed claims that his party does not have the structure to challenge the two main parties – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“It is about the people. The people have allowed some group of persons to hijack their country,” he said.

“That is why I have said take back your country. It is not theirs. We can’t allow this gangsterism to continue.”

The presidential candidate recalled that when he was contesting as the governor of Anambra State, there were claims that he had no structure, maintaining that “the people will decide what they want. Not anybody”.

South East Votes Alone Can’t Give Us Presidency, Chidoka Tells South East

A former Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka

 

A former Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka believes the southeast should continue to liaise with other parts of the country to improve the region’s chances of getting the presidential seat. 

He made the comment when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today amid claims that the region has been sidelined by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 elections.  Chidoka argues that collaboration with other regions will be key to having a president from the southeast.

“What I think the southeast is going to be doing is recalibrate our presence in the PDP and continue our strong push for a president from the southeast,” the PDP chieftain said on Thursday.

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“So, I think we have four to eight years between us and the presidency. We need a strong candidate. We need to continue building on what we have gained already. We need to build ourselves up to be able to present that candidate that would tell the country ‘It is our turn’. And that our turn will be fought on the grounds of the Eagle Square; on the grounds of wherever the primary is,” Chidoka added.

“We hope that that candidate will be able to elicit votes from other parts of the country because southeast votes are not going to make us president. No matter how many southeast votes we get for ourselves, we need to convince the rest of the country to support our aspirations.”

Chidoka, who spoke on the heels of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s emergence as the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP, believes that the Delta State leader is eminently qualified to serve as Atiku’s running mate.

According to him, having served across all political strata – from local to state and federal level – Okowa has all it takes for the position.

“He brings an interesting array of experience,” he added

Obi’s Egypt Trip Will Benefit Nigerians Whether He Is President Or Not- Spokesman

Peter Obi was the running mate to Atiku in the 2019 election.

 

Valentine Obienyem, the media adviser to Peter Obi, says the Labour Party presidential candidate’s trip to Egypt will benefit Nigerians. 

He said this in a statement issued on Thursday, a few days after the former Anambra governor explained that he embarked on the trip to understudy the North African country’s power sector. The move generated heated debates among Nigerians with critics faulting the trip.

But Obienyem says “the knowledge he (Obi) has gained will be useful to Nigeria weather he becomes president or not”.

The media aide noted that while Obi respects the opinion of others, “they should also permit us to tell them that Obi actually travelled specifically for the reason he mentioned”.

He re-echoed the former governor’s reason for the trip, wondering why such a decision triggered criticisms.

“On Tuesday, the 14th of June, 2022, Mr. Peter Obi informed Nigerians via his Twitter handle of his trip to Egypt, to understudy by what miracle the third biggest economy in Africa after South Africa and Nigeria moved their power generation from 20,000 Megawatts to over 40,000 megawatts in four years,” the statement added.

“Ironically, Nigeria has remained fixated on 4,000 megawatts since Adam. Why would such a useful trip set tongues wagging? I read many comments on Mr. Peter Obi’s trip.”

“Any sedulous listener to Obi would have heard him say that learning and leadership are interwoven: a leader must be humble at all times to learn from the high and the low to the extent of studying or learning from existing templates or countries that have done correctly what one’s own is not able to do. This is the full essence of the Egyptian trip,” he added.

INEC Gives Atiku, Obi, Tinubu And Others One Week To Name Running Mates

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set a June 17th, 2022 deadline for presidential candidates to name their running mates. 

It also set a July 15th deadline for state elections.

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said this in a statement on the commission’s social media pages.

“Similarly, the list of all Presidential and Governorship candidates must be accompanied by the names of their running mates (i.e. Vice Presidential and Deputy Governorship candidates) without which the nomination is invalid,” Thursday’s update from the INEC chairman read.

“All nominations must be uploaded to the portal on/or before the deadlines. The portal will automatically shut down at 6.00 pm (1800hrs) on Friday 17th June 2022 for national elections and 6.00 pm (1800hrs) on Friday 15th July 2022 for State elections.”

As of the time of publishing this report, no leading candidate for the presidential election has named their running mate.

While the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer Atiku Abubakar is expected to name a running mate from the southern regions of the country, his rival in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu is expected to pick a northerner as his vice-presidential candidate.

For Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, being from the southern region of Nigeria, analysts believe his running mate will be from the northern part of the country.

Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has also not named his running mate. The former governor of Kano State is believed to be contemplating picking the party’s vice-presidential candidate from the south of Nigeria.

A photo combination of Tinubu, Obi and Atiku.

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‘No-Go Area’

Mr Babachir Lawal was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

 

As consultations and permutations continue over who the presidential candidates, especially from the major parties, will pick as running mates, debates over whether Tinubu will choose a Muslim as the vice-presidential candidate has heightened in the wake of his triumph at the APC convention.

Although some observers believe a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the former Lagos State governor is not an issue and argue that religion should not be a criterion for political offices, critics say the multi-religious nature of Nigeria makes such an idea dead on arrival.

One of those against a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket is Babachir Lawal.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) maintains that the peculiarities of the Nigerian political environment do not favour such.

“You can have the best ticket but if you don’t win the election, it’s a waste of time. So, we must bear in mind that the vice (presidential candidate) is going to contribute to winning that election,” he said on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.

“Extending that consideration to the Muslim-Muslim ticket, I live among the Christians, and I know that among the Christians, the question of Muslim-Muslim ticket is a no-go area; it is dead on arrival.

“Buhari himself, even at that time, had to drop this present presidential candidate because of that tension of a Muslim-Muslim ticket, and we have not seen anything in the country that has changed significantly to allow that to happen. On the contrary, it has worsened.”

Peter Obi Could Have Been My Vice President In NNPP – Kwankwaso

The presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, could have been his running. 

Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State, spoke on Monday following speculations that the-now presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) was set to become his running mate.

“Many people suggested that (for Obi to be his running mate). I believe it could have been possible if not because he joined another party and now he is already a candidate as we have seen from the news just now,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “We look forward to seeing what happens in the next few days or weeks.”

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‘Not There Yet’

A photo combination of Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi.

 

While wishing Obi well, Senator Kwankwaso said the duo had an opportunity to talk about several national issues.

“Actually, we had the opportunity to talk to ourselves on many national issues until a few days to the time when he declared for the Labour Party of which now he is the presidential candidate,” he said.

When asked if the party would consider picking his running mate from the South East, he said the NNPP is not yet settled on that. As far as the former APC chieftain is concerned, the NNPP needs an influential personality as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.

“We are not there yet. After the convention, the party will sit down and look around and see if we can have a very good, credible person with capacity; somebody who is acceptable; somebody who can bring as many people as possible to vote for our party as a vice president of the NNPP from the southern part of the country,” Kwankwaso explained.

The 65-year-old’s comment is his first remark about Obi after speculations intensified that the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate was going to be Kwankwaso’s running mate.

Earlier on Monday, Obi had emerged as the flagbearer of the Labour Party after some of the contenders back out of the race.

Treat Obiano With ‘Due Civility,’ Anambra Traditional Rulers Tell EFCC

Obiano was arrested hours after he handed over power to Governor Soludo.

 

The Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers has condemned what it claimed as the inhuman treatment meted out to the immediate past governor of the state, Willie Obiano, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). It called on the agency to treat Obiano rightly. 

The traditional rulers made the comment in a statement signed by its chairman and the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Highness, Nnaemeka Achebe. According to them, the video of the outgone governor wearing a boxer in the anti-graft agency’s custody is shocking and does not befit a person of such status.

“We are equally disturbed that such a video clip found its way out of the highly secure environment of the EFCC onto the social media, obviously, with the intent of causing maximum embarrassment to Chief Obiano and, by extension, the people of Anambra State, whose governor he was until three days ago on 17 March 2022,” the traditional rulers said.

“Therefore, the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, on behalf of all traditional rulers of  Anambra State, calls on the EFCC to treat Chief Obiano with due civility and immediately restore him to his personal comfort whilst expeditiously working to conclude its investigation,” they added.

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They also called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), to call the EFCC  to order.

Earlier in the day, the agency said the former governor is yet to meet bail conditions. It also refuted claims that Obiano’s ordeal was politically motivated.

EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said this at the opening of the 5th Annual General Assembly of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions In West Africa (NACIWA) held in Abuja on Monday.

He confirmed that the anti-graft agency has since granted administrative bail to the former governor but Obiano has not met his bail conditions.