The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, (LP), Peter Obi, says he plans to change the Northern region through agriculture if elected president of Nigeria in 2023.
Obi, who made this promise at a virtual meeting with Labour Party support groups on Friday, said adequate investment in the sector can help to address food inflation and insecurity in the country.
He said, “I am going to change the region. We need to cultivate arable land there; respected Nigerians from the North have ruled this country but the ten poorest states are from the region.”
Obi promised he would focus on the North due to the region’s enormous potential that needs to be tapped and harnessed. Our economic problems, arising from poor leadership, do not discriminate on the basis of religion or tribe”, he stated.
According to him, the country’s leadership should not continue to repeat the same methods that are not working. “There is nowhere in Nigeria where a person buys cheaper bread because he is a Muslim or a Christian,” he said.
The Labour Party candidate urged citizens not to vote for him or any 2023 contestant on ethnic or religious considerations.
Noting that he is most qualified in the presidential race, Obi said his antecedents and qualifications are open for scrutiny. He said, “I am the only governor in Nigerian history that finished eight years, left money, built infrastructure, and owed no contractor, salary or pension”.
He said, with what he has in mind, “the North will forever remain grateful, adding that the region has the most unemployed youths, out of school children, and the worst school kidnapping record globally.
“(The) 2023 election must not be on entitlements based on religion or tribe but on competence, character and what you did before”, he said.