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14th April, 2022
By Jethro Ibileke
Former Governor of Anambra State and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has said that he would likely have problems with political elites if voted president in next year’s general election.
He stated this on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State, while addressing PDP delegates at the party’s secretariat.
Obi who appealed to the party faithful to prevail on the leadership of the party to support a credible candidate with a proven track record and not grammar, disclosed that he had problems with some party members and were not happy with him, when he was governor of Anambra.
“I am appealing to you let us change it by ensuring that our party brings out a competent, credible candidate with a proven track record and not grammar, not say I promise this. Luckily, Edo State is not far from Anambra State.
“I have Anambra people here, ask them. Most of them will even tell you that they are not happy with me because I can tell you the problem I had with them when I was a governor and which will likely happen maybe with the political elites if I become president.
“The big ones may not be happy with me but you, you will be, to make sure that the right thing is done, we must pull out our children from poverty by supporting micro, small-medium businesses,” he said.
The presidential aspirant noted that Nigerians now live in fear due to the level of insecurity in the country, a situation he said narrows down to leadership failure, adding that something urgent needs to be done to correct the situation.
“We now live in a country where we wake up every day to sad news. You might think it is not happening in Benin, some of us think it is not happening in Lagos, some people think it is not happening in Enugu or Akwa but I assured you, unless you do something, it will happen in those places.
“What we are witnessing in Nigeria today, is a cumulative effect of leadership failure over the years and it is going to go round”, he said,
The State chairman of PDP, Tony Aziegbemin, in his response, promised to go out of their way to support his presidential ambition.
Earlier while on a visit to the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Obi stated the need for Nigerians to make sacrifices for the country to overcome its current challenges and make progress.
According to him, “As you know, I am one of those in my party who are aspiring to serve this country. My aspiration is borne out of the fact that our country is going through a lot of challenges. We will need to all make sacrifices in building a better nation for our children.
“We need somebody who is conversant with the realities because of the enormity of the problems besieging this country today. If the issues are not aggressively tackled from 2023, this country would not be there for all of us.”
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