Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi has urged Nigerians to intensity prayers for the country to have a peaceful transition.
This was said by the Labor Party’s presidential candidate while speaking with reporters in Ibadan following a private meeting with the governor of Oyo state, Engineer Seyi Makinde, as part of his consultation with well-meaning Nigerians ahead of the election next year.
Mr Obi who said he is fully prepared for the task ahead stressed the need for issue based campaign among political parties where candidates would come up with their commitment to the people.
He pleaded for Nigerians to have faith in him and pledged, if given the chance, to demonstrate quantifiable improvement in governance.
Speaking on Nigeria at 62,Mr Obi said the country ought to celebrate its survival as a nation even though it has challenges confronting it.
He said that ability and capacity, rather than ethnicity or religion, should determine who wins the next election, stressing that he was reaching out to people across party lines to ask for assistance in his effort to rebuild Nigeria if given the opportunity.
“In 62 years,we can barely say that we performed fairly but we survived as a nation.But in terms of being proud of saying that we’ve achieved a lot,we can’t celebrate that,but we can celebrate because we’ve seen the nation together.
“Next year’s election would be based on character,trust,confidence,capacity and commitment to do the right thing.I have made a commitment and say hold me responsible,I want to move to secure Nigeria,unite nigeria,build cohesion and am a Nigerian.”
“I don’t want any body to vote for me because am an Igbo man.No!don’t vote for me because am a Christian or its my turn or i have connection.Its the turn of nigerians”
“I want them to vote for me because i have the competence and the capacity to turn around Nigeria.My commitment especially to the younger ones is that i will start pulling them out of poverty.I want to move the country from consumption to production so it can start from a country people would be proud of”He said