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Politics of Tuesday, 2 August 2022


Baba-Ahmed, Okowa trade words over Peter Obi

Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Datti Baba-Ahmed has called out Ifeanyi Okowa, the running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following his comment on his principal.

Okowa speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin has suggested that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party lacked the experience to rule Nigeria.

He said the former Anambra governor lacked the knowledge to tackle the huge problems bedeviling the country while advising the youth to be wise when electing their leaders in 2023.

But in a swift response, Datti Baba-Ahmed in an interview with Channels TV challenged Okowa to present anyone that has experienced more than 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.”

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

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

Speaking in an interview with BBC pidgin, Okowa had urged youths to be circumspect in their support for the LP candidate as his only experience in governance was as Anambra State governor, which he described as insufficient to be saddled with the responsibility of ruling the country. He argued that Atiku was more experienced than Obi in Federal Government administration.

“I did not say he won’t have any votes, he will have. 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 has not 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 (presidency), 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.”