Peter Obi has kicked against consensus candidate.
The Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant in the upcoming 2023 general elections and former Governor of Anambra State made his thoughts known on Tuesday.
He said Nigerians were not in need of a consensus candidate but a problem solver who could fix the country.
Obi, who met with some PDP delegates and other officials of the party in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, added that Nigerians were earnestly looking forward to having a true leader capable of making the nation productive and pulling them out of the cesspit of poverty.
He lamented that the country was presently “insecure”, saying ”Nigeria is not unified – unproductive – and it is collapsing”.
Obi said, “The firm duty of a leader is to be a problem solver. Nigerians are looking forward to somebody that can make Nigeria productive and start getting Nigerians to be pulled out of poverty.
”That’s what Nigerians are looking for, not a consensus candidate. So, I want to correct that.
“Even the Northerners; everybody has a problem in Nigeria. Nigeria, as it is today, is insecure, Nigeria is not unified and Nigeria is unproductive.
“It is collapsing. They (Nigerians) are looking for a fixer – somebody who will start creating wealth – not about where is this. Where you come from is important, because some people can say we are looking for equity and justification, which is necessary in a diverse country.
“But most importantly, we want someone who will start creating wealth in Nigeria.
“You need to check my track record. I’m a trader. I have operated in the corporate world. I have been a Governor. That’s the record you need to check. You don’t need to ask me. Just check my trajectory. And I have been everywhere in the world and I believe I can fix Nigeria.
“I maintain that PDP has an array of candidates who are qualified and competent and everything,” the ex-governor boasted.
Nigerian Women Basketball Team, D’Tigress Disagrees With Two-year Ban By Buhari Government
The women basketball team, D’Tigress, has pleaded with the Nigerian government to overturn the embargo placed on international basketball competitions for two years.
This was contained in a statement on its Twitter handle on Friday.
The Nigerian government had announced that Nigeria would not participate in international basketball competitions for two years.
It hinged this decision on the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigerian Basketball Federation.
But in the statement released on Friday, D’Tigress faulted the government’s decision stating that the ban would take away their future competitions, accomplishments, and goals.
The D’Tigress said, “We, as the Women’s National Team of Nigeria, would like to speak on the government’s recently placed two-year ban on all Nigerian Basketball international competitions.
“The D’Tigress team would like to state that we do not agree with this ban. This ban is taking away all our future competitions, accomplishments, and goals to elevate, inspire, and make Nigeria proud.
“We would like to be given the opportunity to play for our country that we passionately love to represent in this upcoming @FIBAWWC competition.
“We have worked very hard to be three times Afrobasket Champions, Olympians and now we are blessed with another opportunity to continue that representation for Nigeria.
“We want Nigerian basketball to continue to grow and succeed on every level; from the local leagues, grassroots, and even on the international stage. We believe that all levels of Nigerian basketball can excel with the proper attention, togetherness, and organisation. Our team is a testament to how successful Nigerian Basketball can be and how we have been an inspiration to all Nigerian athletes across the globe.
“We wish to express our gratitude to all the coaches, medical staff, organisers, and fans. This ban not only penalises us but you all as well. Your commitment and loyalty to our team will never go unnoticed.”
Gunmen Abduct Keffi Local Government Chairman In Nasarawa, Driver, Kill Policeman
The Chairman of Keffi Local Government Area in Nasarawa State, Hon Muhammad Baba Shehu, has been abducted by gunmen.
Shehu, according to a report by Nation, was abducted on Friday evening alongside his driver while heading for Lafia, the state capital, after attending a meeting.
The incident occurred in the Gudi district of the Akwanga Local Government Area around 6:30pm on Friday.
The gunmen also reportedly killed the police orderly of the chairman, Sergeant Alhassan Habibu Nasir.
The police sergeant was killed during a shootout with the gunmen. He died on the spot.
The chairman attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Keffi Old Boys Association (KOBA) at the Government College Keffi and shortly after making his speech informed them that he was leaving for Lafia.
The gunmen reportedly opened fire on his official vehicle as he approached Gudi, killing his police orderly and abducting him and the driver.
Gudi is the home town of the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule.