Labor Party (LP) flag bearer Peter Obi has called on Nigerians not to allow politicians to influence them with religious or tribal sentiments in the 2023 elections.
Campaigns for the general elections start today.
During his courtesy visit to the Ooni Palace in Ife on Tuesday, Obi called on Nigerians to elect the next president based on his ability, skills and commitment to national development.
“Don’t look at the tribe or the religion. This is what we politicians, the elites, use to deceive you. Don’t look at our religion. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s their right. It’s nobody’s turn; it is the turn of the Nigerians. It is the turn of the Nigerian youth. No one will take anything from them this time! No one is entitled to it. And don’t say it’s their money. It’s your money they give you. If I bring money, take it,” Obi said.
” It’s your right. No one has the right to take it from you. If they give you money, take it. They only repay part of their debt.
“It’s a movement for young people to take back their country. I have set up a movement that would go a long way in exposing how bad things are in the country.
Obi said it was unacceptable that the country was unable to produce food for the people despite having abundant human and mineral resources.
“We have enough land and resources to stock up to feed the country. One state can feed this nation, let alone 36 states. We should not wait for Niger Delta crude oil alone to sustain us. Enough land and funds are available for citizens,” he said.
“Everyone in Nigeria is suffering, including young Nigerians. Enough manipulation! Please don’t consider the tribe. It’s nobody’s turn! It’s the turn of the Nigerians!
“No one should vote for me because I am an Igbo man or a southeastern man or because of my religion. There is no tribe where people eat for free. People don’t buy cheaper bread in the southwest than in the southeast. Nigeria’s poor are suffering in Nigeria.