Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, urged Nigerians on Friday to choose capable and devoted officials in the general elections in 2023.
The decision was reached by Obi, who highlighted in a CNN interview that the politics of “my turn” to lead had been more detrimental to Nigeria’s progress than beneficial.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is credited with making the claim that it is his turn to lead the country during a meeting with the party’s supporters in Ogun State in June, though the former governor of Anambra did not specifically name any person.
This is the second time in the last few days the LP’s candidate cast aspersions on the integrity of the former Lagos State governor.
Obi, who addressed his supporters at the party’s retreat on Monday in Abuja, said Tinubu was medically unfit to rule Nigeria.
He also warned Nigerians against voting for a candidate who sees the presidency as a form of entitlement.
In Friday’s interview, the former Anambra governor stressed that politicians who promote ethnicity and religion have contributed in setting the country backwards.
He noted that Nigeria was immersed in a big mess, and on the brink of collapse.
He said: “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 the structure of criminality.
“That is what we want to dismantle now and ensure that the next election is based on character, capacity, competence, and commitment to do the right thing.
“Nigeria is not just in a physical mess; it is at the last stage to collapse. The people in the north don’t have a secure place; they don’t have good roads; they don’t buy bread cheaper than people in the south. So [it is with] people in the south.
“All you hear about ethnicity, religion, connection, ‘my turn’ is an elite conspiracy to keep Nigeria underdeveloped. But now, we have reached the edge. We can no longer continue this way.”