‘I am not desperate but I will be Nigeria’s President’ – Peter Obi

PRESIDENTIAL candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has said he is not desperate to be Nigeria’s President.

But he added that he is certain that his ambition to rule Nigeria will become reality.

Obi said this at a book launch in Awka, the Anambra state capital, on Friday, May 12.

“Anyone who thinks I’m on transit is wasting his time. Let me tell you, I must be the President of this country. I’m sure of that. If it is not today, it must be tomorrow. I am not desperate; I am not in a hurry. I’m committed to the cause of better Nigeria,” he said.

Speaking on a report that predicted severe hunger in Nigeria, Obi decried Nigeria’s inability to provide sufficient food to feed its teeming population.

“The report listed Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as the states that will be worst hit, but those three states put together are five times larger in land mass than Israel, yet Israel exports food, but Nigeria cannot feed itself. So we must cultivate a habit of doing the right thing. If we don’t do the right thing, it will consume us some day,” Obi said.

He also noted that he would respect the decision of the courts on the ongoing election petition hearing and urged his followers to avoid getting involved in violence over the process.

“We are peaceful, we are not going to quarrel with any politician. Don’t be discouraged about my apologies to people. As youth, we cannot fight our fathers, even when we are right. We are not going to riot . I am in Nigeria; I don’t have dual citizenship; I will not run away; we must be here to right the wrongs in the country,” he said.

Obi contested the 2023 presidential election held on February 25, coming third place behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The LP candidate, however, rejected the election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and, on March 21, submitted a petition challenging the outcome of the process, which produced Tinubu as winner.



    The Commission had announced that Tinubu scored 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku, who polled 6,984,520, and Obi, who followed with 6,101,533.

    Challenging Tinubu’s victory, Obi’s petition stated that Tinubu was not qualified to contest the election and failed to secure the majority of lawful votes cast at the polls.

    Obi also alleged that the elections were rigged in 11 states and promised to prove this based on the results that were uploaded.

    The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal commenced sitting on Monday, May 8.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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