2023: Don’t hand over a sick Nigeria to a sick person who can’t stand for 30 minutes – Obi

Our reporter/ The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi on Thursday urged Nigerians not to hand the country over to a “sick person”.

Obi, who spoke during an interaction with students and stakeholders at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Business School in Enugu, ahead of his presidential campaign in the state, criticised candidates who have been absent from presidential debates, adding that character and competence should be used evaluate whoever will be voted as president.

“This country is sick and should not be handed over to a sick person. I am not saying that anyone is sick. We have been here for over two hours; we don’t want people who can’t stand for 30 minutes,” the former Anambra state governor said.

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“In the United States, during election, they go for debates. Somebody once asked Barack Obama questions that are personal and he answered. But here in Nigeria, somebody wants to contest election, we don’t know his real age; we don’t know his name; we don’t know the schools he attended. Nobody knows his real identity and he is pushing to lead everybody.

“My name is Peter Obi. I can say I went to CKC, went to University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Both the VC today, the DVC today, these are my school mates. We came into university the same year and left the same year.

“The people I went to school (with), I can see them here today – my seniors and my juniors. How come we now have people who do not have classmates? This is very important.

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“If you said you will fight corruption, let’s go to the road you have passed and see what is remaining there after you left. This year’s election must be based on competence as it requires physical and mental energy, not a retirement job.”

Obi’s comment, an apparent reference to concerns over the health status of Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively who are in their seventies.

Controversy has equally trailed the campaign of Tinubu over his actual identity, certificates and true age.

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