2023 election: Governor Diri sues for power shift

Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has said he is not desperate to be president but eager to see Nigeria work.

The two-term governor of Anambra State and vice presidential candidate of the PDP in 2019 stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri at the Bayelsa State Government House in Yenagoa.

Mr. Obi said Nigeria was a great country with untapped potentialities, noting that he is desperate to move the nation away from a consumption economy to a productive one.

He stressed that Nigeria was not working because of its unproductive state, which he said was unacceptable to the nation’s young, intelligent and smart population.

The presidential hopeful, who reeled out the statistics of agricultural value chain to Nigeria’s economy as against oil revenue, decried the level of neglect of food production in the country.

Mr. Obi asserted that if elected Nigeria’s president, he would end the current oil revenue sharing formula and introduce a production formula, particularly in agriculture and ICT.

He said the eighteen billion dollars Nigeria gets from oil monthly cannot be compared to Facebook or Twitter, which was just sold for forty four billion dollars.

Mr. Obi also condemned the incessant borrowing under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government, saying that in four years, the country had borrowed almost one hundred billion dollars with nothing to show for it.

The presidential aspirant promised to change the country’s debt profile and lambasted the government at the center for making excuses why Nigeria cannot work.

In a remark, Bayelsa Governor, Douye Diri, said Mr. Obi proved his worth while he served as governor of Anambra, especially when he saved and handed over seventy five billion Naira to his successor.