Obi in Jigawa says he will unlock the potential in the state for development

By Our Reporter

The Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi was in Jigawa state on Monday spreading his message of unlocking the potentials in the North through agriculture and quality education.

Obi who addressed various stakeholders in the state, the youths, Women, traditional rulers before the rally in Dutse, the state capital, told the people that he and his Vice Yusuf Datti Baba- Ahmad if elected will develop Jigawa state turning its various arable land for production of goods for export.

He also reiterated his position on securing the country and turning it away from consumption to production and engaging the youths who are in their productive ages.

Obi assured the youths of quality education and that they should be ready and willing to take back their country and take their destiny in their own hands.

At the Palace of the Emir of Dutse, His Royal Highness, Dr Muhammad Nuhu Sanusi, Obi explained he came with his Vice to honour him and seek his blessing in their quest to seek the peoples mandate to build a new Nigeria where justice and equity prevail.

He told the Emir that He and Datti are in the race believing that they have what it takes to build a new Nigeria away from the worsening situation where poverty is increasing every day.

Obi said that this country has no business having over 133 million Nigerians living in multi dimensional poverty with the abundant human and natural resources in the country.
The LP flag bearer also talked about developing Jigawa state and opening the borders and preparing the state for export.

He repeated his earlier message since his campaign that this election should be driven by the people’s desire to enthrone the most competent person with capacity and antecedent. Persons they can trust with verifiable records.
[30/01, 18:24] Iyke Amaechi: INEC must pass confidence test, tackle underaged voting, vote buying – Utomi

Prof. Pat Utomi, Convener of the Big Tent Coalition for Obi-Datti presidential ticket, says INEC must ensure that the 2023 general elections are devoid of child voting and vote buying.

The Political Economist stated this in Lagos at a news briefing to flag off the Big Tent Door to Door Campaign nationwide for the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi ahead of the Feb. 25 presidential election.
Utomi said that INEC must use the 2023 general elections as opportunity to redeem its image.

He noted that significant trust deficit in the relationship between INEC and the Nigerian people had hunted the legitimacy of elections conducted so far.

He said that INEC should put its integrity to bear by conducting credible election and ensuring that under aged children were not allowed to vote as witnessed in previous elections in some parts of Nigeria.

Utomi noted that stopping under aged voting was easy with the introduction of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) that would make it impossible for children below the age of 18 years to vote.

“Politicians have been the ones helping to register the under aged and ensuring that they voted. Thumbprint via the BVAS can detect the age of voters .

“Election monitors should look out for under age voters and call INEC attention to it for verification,” he said.

He said that INEC should also take care of the underpopulated areas, so that no eligible Nigerian would be disenfranchised, explaining that neglect of underpopulated areas, gave room for buying of votes in the past.

According to him, areas deserted as a result of activities of insurgents should be taken care of in the election and they should not be neglected as some still reside in the affected areas.

He explained that, if those areas of deficient mentioned were not taken care of, those would become avenues for sabotage of the elections.

“It is important that INEC redeem itself before the world by explaining the fear that deserted areas like Borno North and several corridors of insurgency become the areas of created votes; the issue of underaged voting and evidence that the BVAS is hack proof,” Utomi said.

Utomi also frowned at attack by politicians who belonged to different camps, stressing that, it was not good for the advancement of democracy.

In the first Republic, there was civility among politicians of different leanings.

“Today people see those contesting in other parties as enemies rather than people who have competing ideas on how society should be organised.

“I say this because I have experience of subtle threats from people I consider friends passed through mutual friends.

” I am not troubled at all by the warnings for this battle about saving tomorrow for the future of our children, in a case for which I have lived sacrificially and one for which I am not afraid to die. But it is for how such take away from building elite consensus through rational public conversation can be a big negative for our prospects as a prosperous nation,” he said.

He said that the next two weeks would be used for the house to house campaign to convince the electorate on why they must vote for Obi.

“There is no alternative to Obi. He is the only option we have to salvage this country,” he added.

While commending INEC for extending the date for collection of the Permanent Voters’Cards, Utomi said in a biometric scenario they could be jettisoned.

“What is most needed in the BVAS is the face and the thumbprint not the card. Once it recognised the face and thumbprint,the person should be allowed to vote, ” he added.

However, Dr Chidi Okpalauba, one of the Directors of the Big Tent Coalition, said that the house to house campaign would be carried out by volunteers.

“So many people have volunteered and they will be taking off simultaneously nationwide to educate Nigerians on the Logo of the Labour Party and how best to thumbprint to avoid void votes.

“Every area around all polling units nationwide will be covered by the volunteers in all wards across Nigeria,” Okpalauba added.

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