- Atiku, Obi, Kwankwaso Set For Battle Royale Against APC
- APC Screens Presidential Aspirants Ahead Of Primary
The 2023 Presidential Election slated for Saturday, February 25, 2023, is gradually shaping up.
Yesterday, former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, emerged as the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate.
He emerged as the party’s flagbearer at the party’s convention and presidential primary held in Asaba, Delta State.
In his victory speech, he charged Nigerians to take back their country in 2023.
“History beckons. Nigerians remain hopeful for a national rebirth, which implies returning Nigeria to Nigerians – farmers, teachers and students, lecturers, artisans, workers, pensioners and over a hundred million poor Nigerians who are not sure where their next meal will come from.
Therefore, what you are doing today is a patriotic duty towards seeking the desired political emancipation of our dear country, which stands wounded by many years of cumulative leadership failure.
Painfully, our current dysfunctional system rewards unearned income and conspicuous consumption; allows university lecturers to remain on strike for months; keeps our youths at home; and owes pensioners, who gave their patriotic sweat and their youthful energy to serve this country.
The despicable contrast is that those responsible for the mess – those elected to take care of them – have abandoned the national currency and are living in opulence and like kings, spend dollars to buy delegates as well as houses all over the world. Meanwhile, they owe most workers, lecturers and retirees. Yes, our country stands hijacked by forces of retrogression. We are almost zero in all indices of development.
As a result, our future, especially those of the youth and generations unborn, is in ruins. We have become a laughing stock among other nations, including African countries where we were once revered. As a party that represents the workers and masses of this great nation, we are people organised and working for our economic rebirth.
As I am nominated today, I humbly proclaim that the journey towards the emancipation of the country has begun. I note with humility that the journey is going to be a collective one that will certainly require the cooperation of critical stakeholders in our country, especially the youth, whose future has been thoroughly degraded.
I, therefore, thank all of you and call for your sustained support towards returning Nigeria to Nigerians from forces of bad leadership and retrogression. Such a noble task brooks no conscientious objectors. I hardly use war metaphors for political analysis due to my belief that politics is not adversarial and not war” he stated.
He further called on Nigerians to remain resolute in fighting for the country against great odds in the defence of their country.
“In the battle to retake Nigerian, the odds are great and seemingly insurmountable, but with our commitment, patriotism and understanding that we are doing, what we are supposed to do for our country, lest she shall die, we shall move on discontent with what is and focused on enthroning what ought to be. In doing this, our battle cry shall remain: get your PVC and become part of this great liberation!
Our governance mission will be twin-tracked. Secure Nigeria in every ramification: national security, human security, food security and tackling insecurity created by unemployment. We will also seek to unite our nation by pulling our people out of poverty and creating a new sense of nationalism and patriotism.
Nigeria shall rise again: and her people will be proud to claim ownership of her patrimony. Doing so is in our collective national interest. As I earnestly thank Nigerians for their faith in me. In the days ahead I will publish our governance manifesto, which will spell out our top governance priorities. I assure you that no region; state, local government or community will be left behind.
I also assure you all that the struggle continues and that victory is certainly insight towards the guarantee of a meaningful future for our youths and making this country a respected and viable member of a 21st-century world that places high value on production over- consumption. God bless you all and God bless Nigeria” he stated.
Earlier, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar secured the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a special convention organized by the party on Saturday.
He defeated Nyesom Wike, Bukola Saraki, Anyim Pius Anyim and several others to secure the ticket.
He scored 371 votes while Wike polled 237 votes. Saraki garnered 70 votes while Anyim Pius Anyim got 14 votes.
Bala Mohamed and Emmanuel Udom both scored 20 and 38 votes respectively.
A total of 774 delegates were shortlisted for the primary election that produced Atiku as the candidate of PDP. However, only 767 delegates were screened.
He also pledged to unify the country. “I pledge to unify this country,” he said in his victory speech. “That’s why I refer to myself as a unifier.
Another Presidential candidate that has emerged is Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP)
He disclosed that he and like minds are in the NNPP to change the status quo and save Nigeria from total collapse.
Kwankwaso said, “We’re sick and tired of the old system as it’s today. That is why we’re in the NNPP to bring change. The way and manner things are happening in this country are bad. Everybody is concerned about security; the economy is not the best. In all other areas of education and culture; everything is in total shambles.
“That is why myself and other like minds joined this party. There is a need to bring everybody together from North and South. We have so much division in the country, the issue of religion and ethnicity and that is our responsibility to come and mobilize people to come to this party to ensure that all the people of this country are brought together and are given equal opportunity.
“What Nigerians are saying is that in 2023, they want to see a capable president; somebody who has integrity, somebody who can do the job.
“We have passed the level of all this sentiment. Politicians, in my opinion, many of them are lazy. I’m not contesting from the North West because I’m from there; I’m contesting because I’m a Nigerian. I have worked so hard for this country; I have paid my dues as a civil servant for 17 years.
“What Nigerians are saying is that they need the best. At any given time I can assure you that I’m not somebody who is desperate in becoming president.”
In the coming days, the All-Progressives Congress (APC) will also be selecting its presidential candidates. Already, the screening exercise for the 223 candidates jostling for the ticket is ongoing.
More candidates will emerge in the coming days. The Presidential race promises to be fiercely fought between the candidates from the different political parties.