Nigerians were on Friday charged to be deliberate about electing good leaders. Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), made the call in an interview with CNN.
The LP candidate described Nigeria as a “mess”, adding that politics of “my turn”, as well as politicians who promote ethnicity and religion were keeping Nigeria “underdeveloped”.
Said Obi: “That is what it was yesterday. And that is our problem, because we have been able to elect people based on ethnicity, religion, ‘my turn’, connection, or one form of bias or the other, which brought us to where we are — or structure, which I always say is structure of criminality.
“That is what we want to dismantle now and ensure that the next election is based on character, capacity, competence, commitment to do the right thing.
“Nigeria is not just in a physical mess; it is at the last stage to collapsing. The people in the north don’t have a secured place; they don’t have good roads; they don’t buy bread cheaper than people in the south. So people in the south.
“All you hear about ethnicity, religion, connection, ‘my turn’ is elite conspiracy to keep Nigeria underdeveloped. But now, we have reached the edge. We can no longer continue this way”.
Although, Obi did not mention any politician in particular, his comment would appear to a veiled reference to a statement by Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to the effect that it was his turn to be president.
Said Tinubu while addressing his supporters in June: “You have not heard this from me before. This is the first place I am saying this. It’s my time now. If not for me that led the battlefront, Buhari wouldn’t have won. He contested first, second and third time, but lost. He even said on television that he won’t contest again”.