The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has ensured Nigerians that he would take responsibility for whatever happens under his administration if elected president of the country in forthcoming general elections.
Peter Obi stated this on Monday when he appeared as guest of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) forum in Lagos.
He asserted that he should be be actively in charge of the affairs of the country.
“I want Nigerians to hold me responsible. I will be the one in charge and I want Nigerians to hold me responsible and I will drive the process. Nobody will take the security, we will do it ahead and I will be responsible as the chief security and if anybody is not doing it, I will not take any excuses.”
“I want to assure Nigerians that this one I can do it; it must be done and I will not be giving excuses. I don’t want to go in and study what to do and I don’t want to go in and start saying the man, who left yesterday, did this or that. You are not hiring a new person to come and start reminding you of your past, because if the past was good, you hired him to start telling you good stories.”
“That is what I am promising Nigerians, that if they hire me, I am going to tell a good story; I don’t want to start reminding them about the past that this man left or this man took this. The job of a leader is not excuses or complaining, the job of a leader is finding solutions and dealing with issues. Let us do the right thing.”
The LP candidate vowed that his administration will not give excuse but rather be a solution provider while reiterating his commitment to the country’s transformation.
“I can assure Nigerians that I am committed to doing the work, even though it will be difficult, but it requires huge mental and physical energy. Let nobody say we are going to manage this person and, so, we go there again and be surrounded by people, who we don’t know who is in charge,” he said.
Speaking on his plan for the nation, he stated that the race for the presidency should be based on competence, character, age, and physical and mental vastness of candidates, as against religion, ethnicity, and blackmail.
He however vowed never to fail the nation, declaring that the era of borrowing for consumption would be over under him, and blaming the current poverty level on unproductive economy.
“We must begin to feed ourselves and drive the GDP of our country by ensuring every state engages in agricultural activities that would boost production. A lot of states are sitting on beautiful fertile lands, which we can turn around.”
“The level of criminality and banditry – or you give any reason – the foundation is because we are not a productive country. The only thing we do here is about sharing and if you remove the sharing formula with the production form, if they give us the opportunity, the era of borrowing for consumption is over,” he added.