Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, declared on Monday in Lagos that he would rather die than disappoint his supporters.
In response to his supporters’ support, Obi said, “I didn’t know many of them, but I vow not to let them down.
“I vow not to let them down. I’d rather die than let them down. He insisted, “I’m going to serve them.
The LP’s presidential candidate added that by shifting Nigeria from a consumer nation to a producer, the country would be able to overcome the majority of its problems.
Obi gave a speech at the Nigerian Guild of Editors’ Editors Forum.
The country, according to the former governor of Anambra State, was facing many difficulties primarily because it was a consuming rather than a producing nation.
He asserts that if the country is prosperous, three-quarters of its problems can be resolved.
He mentioned insecurity, crime, poverty, and unemployment among the problems.
“We cannot have that many people living in poverty without crime, banditry, and other problems.
He said, “We must get rid of the sharing formula and put the production formula in its place.
He claimed that Nigeria had the population and fertile lands necessary to prosper in agriculture.
“The vast uncultivated land, not the oil we can see, is the hope of this nation.
“My promise is to start producing in Nigeria.
“The fact that we are unable to feed ourselves is unacceptable.
“We must get the nation moving; all it needs is leadership that is aware of the process and capable of guiding it. I can handle that, he replied.
Speaking about the funding for his campaign, Obi asserted that, in contrast to rumors, no one else was providing funding.
He added that he didn’t pay anyone to walk with him or step down for him.
“I cannot discuss managing public funds in a transparent manner without first discussing my campaign.
People who work with me are not paid by me. He won’t be accused of supporting Peter Obi’s campaign, anyone. I’m paying for it myself.
“Everywhere you look, people are supporting our cause by contributing whatever they can with their meager resources.
He declared, “I am encouraged, and I assure them that they are acting in the right manner and that I will never let them down.”
Every country borrows, and businesses borrow everywhere in the world.
“What matters is how we spend the borrowed funds. We have a problem if you borrow money to use it for consumption.
He stated that in order to raise the nation’s gross domestic product and per capita income, borrowed funds should be wisely invested.
I won’t say I won’t borrow, but I will only do so for investments, and I’ll explain why to Nigerians, he continued.
If elected, Obi promised to reduce the nation’s debt load and get rid of all waste and sleaze.
If elected, Obi promised to regularly communicate with Nigerians and give updates on the operation of his administration.
He emphasized that good governance requires effective communication.
He urged Nigerians to choose their next leader based on their character, integrity, aptitude, and commitment.
He claimed that in order to attract investors, it was important to prioritize the rule of law, law and order, educational advancement, and other intangible assets.
Regarding power supply, the LP candidate claimed that producing and distributing enough power was not a difficult task and was doable.
“We’ll support those who are generating electricity and work as hard as we can on distribution.
Because we require 20,000 megawatts for production, he said, “I can tell you that we will move from where we are to 20,000 megawatts within years.”
In response, Obi stated that his administration would use science and technology, if elected, to enhance production, security, education, and job creation.
“Technology drives everything,”
If given the chance to serve, Obi said of women’s participation in governance, “We will involve women and youths because that 50% of our population must be put to good use.”
Obi asserted that only God knew the results of the 2023 presidential election when asked about predictions.
Prior to the forum, Mustapha Isah, the president of the NGE, stated that it would be a chance for presidential candidates and other significant figures in the general elections of 2023 to discuss their plans with Nigerians.
Isah claimed that the forum was consistent with NGE’s commitment to equipping the electorate with the necessary information so they could make wise decisions during the elections.
It was intended to promote issue-based campaigns, he added.
Mr. Akin Osuntokun, the LP Presidential Campaign’s South West Coordinator, Ms. Aisha Yesufu, an activist, and Ms. Ndi Kato, the spokesperson for the Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign Organization, were all in Obi’s group.