Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Peter Obi, has told party delegates in Anambra to consider the future of their children when selecting the party’s presidential candidate for the upcoming 2023 elections.
Obi spoke in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Monday during a meeting with the state’s working committee of the PDP.
He also advised the delegates to be mindful of the future as they express their interest, noting that the seed the they sow today is what the youths, children and the upcoming generation would reap.
Speaking further, the former Anambra Governor and former PDP Vice Presidential candidate in the 2019 general election criticized bad economic policies of past Nigerian leaders, who he said dwelt more on borrowing and mortgaging the future of the Nigerian child in the process.
He also regretted that the past leaders dwelt only on the revenue sharing formula instead of production formula that would have lifted the country from its crumbling state.
“Nigeria has a revenue-sharing plan but none for production. Nigeria only has formula for sharing its resources but no formula for production; our country is not productive.
“The first way to fight crime and criminality is through the natural way by providing opportunities for Nigerians to have means of livelihood.
“For our party national delegates, if they give you money to buy your votes, collect the money because it is your money but before you vote, consider the future of your children and those yet unborn.
“Let’s ask aspirants what they have been doing in their lives, where they have worked. I have been involved in the corporate world, I didn’t owe any salary, gratuity, or any contractor when I left office as Anambra State Governor for eight years and nothing got missing. We need to cut down on our cost of governance,” he said.
Earlier in a remark, former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, said other regions have had their fair share in leading the nation and it was time to give South-East a chance.
“Nigeria must take a decision to end the civil war. We have been paying lips service to challenges facing our country. South-East does not lack or come behind any zone in this country and we should not pretend that it does not matter,” he said.
“South-West has had a fair share with former President Olusegun Obasanjo as Nigerian President for eight years and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as Vice-President for nearly eight years. It is the turn of Igbos to produce the next president and Nigerians are waiting for Peter Obi.”
Former member Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Barr. Chuba Oranusi, while moving motion for Obi’s support, described the aspirant as the most intellectually qualified aspirant among others, noting that he had showcased that he has ability to govern the country.
The delegates through a voice vote declared their commitment and support for Obi to realise his presidential ambition.