I’II contest 2023 presidential election if PDP permits, says Obi



Obi declares presidential ambition

By Valentine Amanze

Anambra State former governor, Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, has said that he would only contest the 2023 Presidential Election if his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), permitted him.

The PDP vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential polls told Njenje Media that though he was ready to turning around the fortunes of the country, he would wait for PDP to before declaring his intention.

His words: “All the elections that I followed in the past, the party that I belong to today, the PDP, made a pronunciation and took a stand. At least in 2019 when I was involved, where I can say Atiku graciously chose me as his running mate which I remain eternally grateful to him for, the party decided that the candidate should come from the North and that was what the party decided. And I believe that the party owes it a duty to say what its stand is.

“If the party’s stand today is South, be rest assured I am aspiring. If they say North, I can’t do otherwise or they chose the option that everybody is free, then, of course, you will be hearing from me”.

The former governor, while affirming his commitment to building a better Nigeria, advised all and sundry to choose a competent candidate with integrity.

“What we are looking for in this country today are people of integrity, people of conscience, people who are less greedy. Educational qualification is not a measure of integrity; it doesn’t guarantee that somebody is less greedy or that people have conscience.

“I have seen people here acquire what they don’t need. I saw it while I was serving. To fight corruption here, you need somebody who has integrity, who is not greedy, who has conscience. If you have that, fighting corruption is easy because, if you, who is in charge, is not stealing, you will reduce stealing by 50 to 70 per cent. And, it is critical that you have somebody who is like that. It is not when people are acquiring lands, houses, everything they don’t need; they want to live a lifestyle that is far beyond the economy of Nigeria, far beyond their earnings, that is why the place is collapsing. That is why we have insecurity, that is why we have poverty. We need to manage the costs efficiently and these are the critical areas as you people know as you look for people who will govern the country in the future.”




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