The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has slammed the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying that the 2023 presidential election is not the turn of anybody.
The former Governor of Anambra State stated this on Monday while taking a swipe at Tinubu’s ’Emi Lokan’ comment meaning I am the next during the party Leadership Retreat in Abuja.
According to him, religion or ethnicity should not be used by Nigerians to choose their next leader but rather, the people of the country should consider character, trust and competence.
He said, “We will do this retreat now, after the election we will do another one, the election next year will not be based on ethnicity, we have had it before, it would not be on religion.
“There is no place that Christians buy things cheaper, there is no place that Muslims buy things cheaper. It will not be by turn, it is nobody’s turn. It must not be by connection.
“The election next year must be based on character and trust, it must be based on competence.”
Speaking further, Obi said that there is a need for leaders to fight and be seen to be fighting corruption, adding that during his time as the Anambra State Governor, no money was missing.
He said, “If a leader is not stealing, and the family around him are not stealing we will reduce corruption by 70 per cent. I was Governor for eight years, there is nowhere money is missing.
“I am in this retreat to listen, let us put it in writing when we succeed, you must be around to say this is what we have agreed on. Even if we don’t achieve 100 per cent, we must have made sacrifices.