Peter Obi emergesThe presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has emerged the “Man Of The Year’ in the 2022 Leadership Excellence Awards.
In a 14-day Leadership Excellence Awards voting by Nigerians both home and in the Diaspora via online platforms, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria , Obi was voted ahead of three other nominees.
The online voting was organised by the Igbere TV, a foremost community TV in Nigeria.
Obi defeated three other nominees to emerge winner the voting which took place from Aug. 1st to Aug. 14, via online platforms.
He polled 2, 428, 403 votes to defeat the Chairman and Founder of BUA Group, Abdul Rabiu who polled 1, 124, 172 and popular Nigerian Singer, David Adeleke, a.
k.a Davido who polled 881, 766. The fourth nominee, Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere, the Founder and General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries, had earlier stepped down and publicly endorsed Peter Obi for the award.
The prestigious award, endorsed by the African Union, African Film Institute, will be presented in November 2022 in Abuja.
NAN reports that the prestigious award, which is the fourth in a row, is an annual event; it recognises and honours outstanding impacts of leaders across public and private sectors in Nigeria.
Tthe event promotes outstanding leaders and personalities whose impacts have been felt in Nigeria’s political, social and economic spheres.
In May 2022, Obi became the presidential candidate of the LP in the upcoming 2023 general elections, after defecting from the People Democratic Party.
Obi is a Nigerian businessman and politician who served as governor of Anambra from March to November 2006 – February to May 2007, and from June 2007 to March 2014. Born in Onitsha in 1961, Obi graduated from the University of Nigeria in 1984, he entered business and banking, eventually rising to hold several high-ranking executive positions at banks.
By the early 2000s, Obi was the Chairman of Fidelity Bank before leaving the position to enter politics.
Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi, said on Thursday in Abuja that the party would transform Nigeria’s economy from that of consumption to production.
Obi made the declaration at the Labour Party and the Coalition for Peter Obi Leadership Summit.
The summit had “Youths, Governance and a New Nigeria’’ as its theme.
He said that he would diversify the economy by harnessing potentials and natural resources from all regions of the country.
He added that he would build a country of integrity where patriotism would be the pride of citizens.
“We have a country called Nigeria, but we don’t have Nigerians.
“What we want to do is to create Nigerians and the only way to create Nigerians is to make people to have hope in Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a great country.
God created this country and gave it everything to make it great.
The only thing that is lacking is a simple thing called leadership.
“That is what Datti and I intend to provide.
’’ he said.
He explained how he plans to harness regional potentials for national economic development.
“When I say we are not a producing country but a consuming one, it is true.
“For instance, Borno is a state situated on 70.9 square kilometres of land and today we are talking about Sambisa Forest.
It is an asset for Nigeria.
“This is because Sambisa Forest is twice the size of Israel and it is an agricultural land that can give us food.
“If you go all over the northern part of Nigeria you will see that Nigeria is blessed with land that can give us food.
“We are waiting to share money from oil.
How much do we generate from oil?
“Our total export as a country is 30 billion dollars including oil, yet we live in a country of over 923,000 square metre, almost one million square kilometres,’’ he said.
Obi said that Nigeria, when compared with Vietnam that lives on 331square kilometres of land and has a population of 100 million was lagging behind.
This, he said, was because Vietnam’s export is 312 billion dollars yet Nigeria could not do 10 per cent of Vietnam’s exports with a vast land and a population of 200 million people.
He added that Niger is two-and-half the size of The Netherlands, yet the state could not feed itself or the country whereas The Netherlands’ agricultural export for 2021 was 120 billion dollars.
“We cannot continue to live like this; our position is simple, all Datti and I want to do is to move this country from consumption to production,’’ he stressed.
In his remarks, the vice-presidential candidate of the party Mr Yusuf Datti said the duo and the party were not looking for money in government, but looking to run a government in money.
Datti noted that Nigeria has a lot of money and potentials and that all it needed was credible leaders to harness them.
“I am following a business leader who knows how to create wealth and we are going to create it legitimately.
Datti said that he would serve with integrity having proved it earlier as a senator and was one of the senators who did not buy a house at the Apo Legislative Quarters when they were sold.
He stressed that the Labour Party would drive Nigeria into prosperity and integrity.
Datti called on those who had lived and prospered by promoting disunity and crises in Nigeria to sheath their swords because their time was up.
The Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi and his running mate, Dr Yusuf Baba-Ahmed have expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Mr Daniel Yatai, 86, by gunmen.
Yatai, the father of Mr Philip Yatai, a Principal Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria was killed by gunmen around 11:15 p.
m. on Aug. 2, at his home in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Obi and Baba-Ahmed in a telephone call with the eldest son of the deceased, Mr Patrick Yatai on Saturday, consoled the family and urged them to accept the sad incident as the will of God. Yatai, who made this known in an interview with NAN in Manchok, said that the Labour party presidential flag bearer urged the family to give thanks to God in all circumstances.
“They grieved with our family and encouraged us to stay strong and strengthen our belief that God is in control.
“Obi particularly said that God allowed our father to die for a reason.
“On his part, Baba-Ahmed pointed out that everyone has a time to die and encouraged us to accept our father’s demise as a call from God,” the son said.
He added that the labour party candidate and his running mate also asked the family to continue to pray for the country for things to get better.
He said that his father, who had been buried on Friday, was a retiree of the Nigeria Railway Corporation who had lived a fulfilled life.
“Our father was blessed with 13 children, 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
“He was a jovial fellow with a big heart full of love.
We will uphold his legacy and keep his memories alive,” Yatai said.
A stalwart of the PDP in Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi (BOG) on Friday, defected to the Labour Party (LP), declaring support for its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi. Gbadamosi, a former governorship candidate of the African Democratic Party and a former Lagos East Senatorial Candidate of the PDP, made this known in a statement in Lagos.
“I had completely lost hope, especially in the youths of Nigeria, considering how the senatorial bye-elections panned out, after the traumatic events of the #EndSARS.
“However, the exit of Peter Obi from the PDP and his subsequent emergence as the Presidential candidate of the LP, and his brilliant choice of Mallam Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as running mate have rekindled my hope.
“I am 54 years old, and never in my life have I been privileged to witness the kind of energy, vim, vigor, unity and tenacity of purpose being exhibited by youths of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds in Nigeria over a political candidate.
“I hereby publicly declare my resignation from the PDP and wish all the remaining members well.
“By the same token, I also hereby publicly declare my support for the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi,” Gbadamosi said.
He recounted how he joined the PDP in Ikorodu in 2008 and remained a loyal member of the party, contributing whatever he could to the growth and development of the party in Lagos state and throughout Nigeria, until he took an early retirement from partisan politics in 2017. “I came to recognise that the problems of PDP run quite deep, and their tepid opposition is in fact by design of some individuals populating the party leadership from top to bottom,” he said.
He said that he was motivated that almost all youths, who were not professional politicians or influencers-for-hire, had been popularising Obi’s presidential ambition.
He said that Obi had over the years, shown himself to be a creative, prudent and frugal administrator as well as a trustworthy custodian of public funds.
Gbadamosi also described the LP vice presidential candidate, as urbane, prudent, practical and principled politician.
He said: “These two share a passion for education and knowledge, with Obi’s documented exploits in the education sector as governor of Anambra and Baba-Ahmed’s direct investment in education as Pro-Chancellor of the highly respected Baze University, Abuja.
“Both share a disdain for graft and believe in exterminating contract padding.
“I find myself left with no choice, when faced with the alternatives, but to publicly throw in my lot with these two fine gentlemen, especially considering that another good Uncle of mine, Dr Doyin Okupe is one of the navigators of their journey and had invited me very much earlier.
A former Nigerian Ambassador to India, Maj.-Gen. Chris Eze (rtd.
), from Udenu Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Eze disclosed this in a letter dated Aug. 4, 2022, addressed to the Chairman, APC, Udunedem Ward in Udenu LGA and made available to newsmen on Friday in Enugu.
The retired major general said that his decision to quit the party was due to the dictatorial manner in which the party was administered in the state.
Eze, who was the first elected secretary of the APC in Enugu State, said that he would join the Labour Party (LP) to support the presidential candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi. He also said that his resignation from the APC was to support the gubernatorial and senatorial ambitions of Messers Chijioke Edeoga and Okey Ezea, respectively, in the LP.
“I cannot in good conscience defend the party’s presidential ticket in the coming campaigns for the 2023 general elections.
“I also can no longer bear the dictatorial manner in which the party is administered in the state.
“I believe that Obi, Edeoga and Ezea are the best candidates for presidential, gubernatorial and Enugu North Senatorial elections, respectively,” he said.
Eze said that he was totally disgusted with the standard of governance in Enugu State and needed a platform that would make life more meaningful to residents of the state.
“I wish to thank the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve as Nigeria’s High Commission to India,” Eze said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eze was member, Security Sub-Committee, APC Presidential Campaign Committee in 2015. Reacting, the APC Chairman in the state, Mr Ugo Agballa, said that he was not dictatorial.
Agballa said that he had never taken decisions without due consultations from party stakeholders.
“The problem with some of our members is that I have refused to yield to their selfish demands.
It is no longer business as usual.
“The APC needs members that have capacity, competence and electoral values and not those who cannot win their polling units.
“We are currently on a ‘thank you’ tour of the electoral wards in the state to find out those who are real members of the APC,” he said.
Agballa said that the leadership of the party in the state was committed to throwing the party open to genuine leaders “and this has resulted to the party growing in leaps and bounds”.
Mrs Beatrice Itubo, Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Rivers, has called on Nigerians to vote for their conscience in the 2023 general elections.
Itubo made the call during the launch of ObiStructure organised by the Peter Obi Volunteer Network in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
She further urged Nigerians against casting their votes on sentiments that might be inimical to the progress and development of the country.
Itubo, who is the governorship candidate of Labour Party in Rivers, said a vote for the right candidates would lead to the development and progress of the country.
“So, it is important that we vote for the right leaders like Peter Obi, whose presidential candidacy is a tsunami that has given people hope again.
“We want a positive change, but not the kind of change they gave to us, and definitely not the one we have in Nigeria today.
“If people offer money to induce you, please collect it, but vote for your conscience; vote Peter Obi and Labour Party,” she told party supporters.
Itubo said aside who became president, it was important for Nigerians to also vote for the right candidates into the National Assembly and other elective offices.
“So, it is important to vote for Labour Party candidates into various elective positions both at the state and federal levels.
“Obi cannot be there alone.
You must vote Labour Party into all other positions because if Obi is there alone, corrupt people in the National Assembly will impeach him.
“They will impeach him because they don’t want the country to work, so that they can continue looting our common wealth,” she added.
Itubo said that defectors from major political parties in Rivers had approached her to step down and give them her governorship ticket – owing to the popularity of the party.
According to her, the Labour Party is built on strong ideals based on turning around the fortunes of Nigerians towards prosperity and progress.
“We do not want to continue in the old system, and definitely do not want to recycle the old people who have destroyed the country.
“God will grant us wisdom to achieve what we are yearning for.
So, when they intimidate and give you money, collect it but vote Labour Party,” she said.
Earlier, the Convener of Peter Obi Volunteer Network, Mr Philip Thomas, said the ObiStructure was launched to help promote the Peter Obi candidacy to Nigerians.
He said the group would take a message of hope to every home in the country, to educate the people on the Peter Obi mandate.
“Nigerians are tired of the status quo, and so, we demand change.
The only person who has presented himself as an alternative to the status quo is Peter Obi. “By Peter ObiStructure, we are decentralising power from the political class to the ordinary citizens of Nigeria, in order to restore the country to a right track.
” Thomas said the group was not sponsored by Peter Obi or any other politician but rather funded from members of the group.
“I am not a member of the Labour Party, and so, this is not about the party but about the personality involved.
“So, we are identifying with the party because it is the vehicle of our candidate.
“I am optimistic that come 2023, there is no other candidate that will take this mantle of leadership other than the person of Mr Peter Obi.”
The Labour Party (LP) on Thursday appealed to its members to embark on aggressive mobilisation to ensure the party’s victory in the 2023 general elections.
The party’s Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Bashiru Apapa, made the appeal at a sensitisation programme for party’s members and the support groups for its Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi in Ado-Ekiti.
Apapa identified the growing acceptability of the party and its candidate as its strength ahead of the 2023 elections.
He urged members to canvass for more support for the party’s success to make life better for Nigerians.
Apapa said that Obi’s presidential bid enjoyed the support of notable leaders, who were tired of the negative drift of the nation in the hands of its past administrators.
The party chieftain said that Obi’s goodwill and his past achievements were attracting Nigerians to the party.
“We have not experienced what we are experiencing now in terms of people joining the party.
We keep gaining more members and supporters every day; in fact, we are elated.
“There are some people who did not believe that Obi could come out to contest and some leaders are in support of Obi. “We have the support of more than five governors that are supporting the party underneath.
We don’t want to mention their names for now.
“Our candidate’s past achievements have attracted supporters and again, not all of them believe that Nigeria should continue the way it is going now.
“They want change in the country,” he said.
The deputy chairman said that past administrations had made the party the centre of their criticisms, because they were afraid of the growing support from Nigerians, which he attributed to the party’s popularity.
Also, the party’s National Legal Adviser, Mr Akingbade Oyenekan, expressed confidence that the party would secure more votes than all other parties in the South-West. Oyenekan said that people were anxious for solutions to the problems of the country which he said, Obi would provide.
Also, the Labour Party Chairman in Ekiti, Mr Odunayo Okunade, expressed concern that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not continue with the Continuous Voter Registration in Ekiti after the June 18 governorship election.
Okunade said that such discontinuance would disenfranchise some voters in the 2023 general elections.
The state chairman urged INEC and other stakeholders in the elections to be fair to all political parties toward ensuring free, fair and credible polls.
Mr Ifagbemi Awamaridi, Lagos State Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), says he remains the party’s authentic chairman and 2023 governorship candidate in the state.
Awamaridi affirmed this on Saturday in Lagos at an interactive meeting with stakeholders, support groups and candidates of the party to unveil LP’s 10 Cardinal Programmes for the state.
According to him, the clarification becomes important following reports that he had been elevated to the national level of the party and that the ticket of the party has been given to Mr Moshood Salvador, who defected to the party on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Salvador, at his formal declaration for the LP , was presented by some national leaders of the party in attendance, including the Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Bashiru Apapa, as its Lagos governorship candidate.
Mr Seyi Sowunmi was announced as the chairman of the party in Lagos state.
Meanwhile, INEC publication of Personal Particulars of Governorship Candidates in Lagos state, showed that Awamaridi’s name was retained as the gubernatorial candidate of the party.
Awamaridi, however, said that since the party was not a ‘motor park’ association, there must be a documentation and letter if at all he would be removed as the chairman, stressing that the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) had not met in the last two years to even take such purported decision.
He said the LP National Chairman, Mr Julius Abure, was not involved in any of the activities and meetings purportedly organised by some party leaders to disorganise the party.
Awamaridi said: “Nobody can take over the party’s positions from the backyard.
The NEC meeting was about two years ago and nothing happens apart from the NEC decision.
“We are going into elections and we don’t want division in the Labour Party.
The Labour Party is one in Lagos state.
“Also, INEC has released the personal particulars of governorship and house of assembly candidates across the state, the names you will see there are all the candidates here and the governorship candidate that is there is Ifagbemi Awamaridi.
“Mr Peter Obi is our Presidential Candidate and we are all going to work for victory for all candidates.” He alleged that some people had been sent by some politicians to decimate and destroy the LP so as to scuttle Obi’s presidential ambition.
Awamaridi, who called for unity and harmonisation among different support groups , said the party had conducted approved primaries monitored by INEC before the surge in the party over Obi’s defection.
“We have not been sleeping and joking with the power that be in Lagos state.
We have been working and by the Grace of God, we are going to take over Lagos in 2023 to make life better.
“We are seriously on ground.
We have completed our House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and governorship primaries before Obi coming into our party.
“We are on ground and working to win.
We are signing a bond and contract with the poor,” he said.
According to him, the chapter is not going into the 2023 elections empty and without agenda, hence the unveiling of the 10 cardinal programmes for the people of the state if elected.
“We want to dictate electioneering in Africa.
if we don’t perform, people should tell us we have failed.
These are our bonds with the masses,” he added.
Some of the programmes unveiled included, full commitment to restructuring, free adult and compulsory education up to tertiary level, free local health services, free internet connection throughout Lagos state and free stalls and start up capital for the poor.
Others were regular potable water, electricity, youth empowerment through public private partnership, transport configuration and redistribution of wealth from super-rich to the .
Awamaridi, who decried wastages of public funds by politicians, said: “the wide gap between the rich and the poor is the reason for many challenges facing the nation, including security.” He said the party would ensure redistribution of wealth from the super rich through taxation to better the lot of the poor.
Awamaridi said the party had concluded arrangements to kick off massive mobilisation and registration of new members to expand the party for better performance in the 2023 general elections.
“We plan to register not less than four million new members.
If we cannot get four million, we will get two milion newly registered voters.
We are going to have a data base,” he said.
Speaking, Mr Tony Onyekaba, Leader, the Nigerian Youth for Peter Obi, admonished the party leadership and all support groups to harmonise and work together to win.
“Let us go into this war with winning mentality.
We must come together as a family to fight this battle.
We should not go into this elections to test run, we must go to win.
Let us present sellable candidates that can win,” Onyekaba said.
NAN reports that the meeting was attended by some state executives of labour party, labour union leaders, youth groups and other support groups for the presidential ambition of Obi.
Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour party, has reiterated his readiness to evolve programmes that would transform Nigeria, if elected.
Obi, a one time Anambra governor, made the declaration while addressing newsmen after a closed door meeting with Gov.
Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, on Saturday, in Umuobiakwa village, Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
According to him, the visit is in continuation of his consultation with stakeholders across the country.
Obi noted that the visit was also in line with his policy of visiting various leaders and stakeholders across the country.
He added that it was also in line with his passion to serve the country as the next president of Nigeria.
According to him, one cannot talk about leadership in the South East without recourse to Gov.
Ikpeazu, pointing out that the visit is specifically to update the governor on his ambition.
The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, has condemned the brutal killing of Rev.
Father John Mark Chietnum of Kafanchan Diocese by bandits in Kaduna state.
Obi, in a statement by his Media Aide, Valentine Obienyem, in Abuja on Friday, described Chietnum’s death as “among the many needless bloodletting in the country arising from poor leadership that need to be changed”.
Until his death, Rev.
Chietnum was the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jema’a Local Government Area and also the coordinating CAN Chairman, Southern Kaduna and was a great advocate for the rescuing of Nigeria.
Obi regretted that he was unable to attend the burial of Chietnum but sent his heart felt condolences to the family, the Kafanchan Catholic Diocese and the Catholic community in the country.
The presidential candidate also decried the killing of some Nigerians in Mgbidi area of Imo state.
He said none of the blood of innocent Nigerians shed would be in vain as they would all be martyrs for the revival of Nigeria.
Obi said the insecurity in the country made it imperative that the youths must rise in unison irrespective of religion, tribe or geography to take back their country.