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Politics of Tuesday, 2 August 2022


Show me anyone more experienced than Peter Obi - Datti Baba-Ahmed replies Okowa

Datti Baba-Ahmed, vice presidential candidate of Labour Party Datti Baba-Ahmed, vice presidential candidate of Labour Party

The vice presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Datti Baba-Ahmed has reacted to the statement credited to the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Okowa had, in an interview with BBC pidgin, accused the former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, lacking enough experience to rule Nigeria.

He said that Obi’s experience is small compared to the problems bedeviling the country. He advised the youths to be wise while electing their leaders come 2023 elections.

His words: “I did not say he won’t have any votes, he will. But what I’m saying is that he’s not a new candidate. It has not been long since he left PDP.

“You know he was in APGA before; from APGA he came to PDP. It hasn’t been long since he left PDP. So he cannot say anything about PDP because that’s where he was before.

“Some of us are still here. At every party, there are good people and bad people. But today’s Nigeria is very troubled and we need the right person.

“That is why I am appealing to our youths to be wise and vote well. They should not be blinded by the concept of a false change because that is how they raved on Jonathan in 2015.

“His (Obi) previous experience is not enough for this one, it will be hard. His experience is not deep enough.

“Even as a current governor ruling in a time of crisis, I know how hard it is. I even want to learn under Atiku because he has experience with the federal government.

“The thing is not easy. For them to have handled the economy at that time and made it something better, offering hope, creating jobs, and filtering the society, was not easy because it’s a bigger thing.

“So someone is supposed to learn through that. If you look at Obi’s experience you’ll know it’s small. His experience is not enough to handle Nigeria’s problem.”

But reacting in an interview on ChannelsTV on Monday, Datti Baba-Ahmed asked Okowa to present anyone that has experience more than his principal, Peter Obi.

In his words: “It’s untrue that Obi does not have enough experience. He is more experienced than any of the contestants.

“Show me anyone who has more experience than peter Obi. None of them have as much as peter obi has.”

Speaking on structure, Baba-Ahmed argued that LP has a structure called ‘People oriented structure, (Stratified structure)’.

He opined that himself and his principal are looking forward to having a “government in money and not money in government”.

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