2003: Obi Pokes On Atiku, Tinubu, Says Presidency Not A Retirement Home

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The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Mr Peter Obi on Saturday flagged off his Presidential Campaign in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital reminding Nigerians that the Presidency of Nigeria is not a retirement home for the aged, sick, tired and weak people.

He said Aso Rock is a seat of power for energetic and vibrant people to live and tackle the huge problems facing the country, a reference many said is directed to his opponents Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu.
The Presidency of Nigeria like in every good country is for leaders who are ready and patriotic enough to do the job and he and his Vice Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmad are here to serve Nigeria and bring her back to greatness.

Obi told the excited crowd that he and his Running mate are like them and will not steal their money but will use it to solve problems by changing the country from consumption to production.

“We will put money here and farmers will return to their farms and youths will be gainfully engaged.

“Don’t support those who will steal your money and make governance a retirement home. We will solve Nigeria’s problems, it’s not going to be overnight but we will tackle insecurity and return farmers to their farms.”

According to Obi-Datti Media Office, the LP candidate who called for a minute silence for all those who died from flood disaster across the country prayed for the repose of their souls and those facing unprecedented hardship as a result of it.

The former Anambra State governor charged the youths and people of Nasarawa state that voting for the Labour Party is voting for their future. He also talked about the shame of Nigeria not qualifying for the World Cup because of poor governance and promised that he and Datti will put sports in its rightful place if elected.

The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Comrade Julius Abure charged Nigerians to reject outrightly at the ballot box those who are sick and will steal their money. “Don’t hand over this country to sick people, we need energetic and vibrant people who will not steal your money.

The LP National Chairman said that the narrative of this country will change if Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmad gets into power, but reminded the people that they must be united and strong with their PVC for this to happen.

He charged the people to take the logo of LP which is the family of Papa, Mama and child to their villages and educate the people to avoid the costly mistake of voting for an umbrella and broom that have destroyed our country.

The Vice Presidential candidate, Baba-Ahmad who spoke mostly in Hausa told the jubilant crowd that this is the time for Nigerians to reject dead woods who steal their money.
The highlights of the flag-off rally were the symbolic handing of the Party flag to the standard bearer of the party, Mr Peter Obi who excited the gathering with a song of “when Labour don de rule, when Obi-Datti don dey rule, Nigeria go better”

Obi and other Labour Party entourage also paid a courtesy call to the Emir of Lafia, retired Supreme Court Justice Sidi Bagel who prayed for them.

Earlier, Labour Party national chairman, Julius Abure urged for collaboration with stakeholders and the party’s candidates at various levels amid LP campaign efforts.

Abure said that the plea became necessary as the LP “presidential candidate alone cannot fund the election as he is known to be someone who did not engage in the gluttonous acquisition of our common patrimony in his days as a public servant.”

In a statement in Abuja, the LP National Chairman noted recent media reports where he was alleged to have said that the party was broke and could not fund the upcoming poll.

While dismissing the reports, Abure commended the media for playing a major role in “this task of voting out the fraudulent political circle that have undermined the people and mortgaged their destiny: insisting however that his remarks were taken out of context.

He however added, “Finally, I would like to reiterate that the Labour Party is not broke. We are not broke,” as he insisted that “We only need support from stakeholders to be able to embark on the nationwide campaign, to be able to tell Nigerians how we will return Nigeria to its place of pride.”

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