The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has advised Nigerian youths to vote for qualified, competent, and trustworthy candidates at the federal and state levels during the 2023 general elections.
Naija News reports that the former Governor of Anambra State gave the advice on Saturday while addressing a press conference in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
He asked Nigerians, especially the youths, to see the 2023 elections as an opportunity to take back their country and more importantly shun every form of primordial sentiments.
The LP Presidential candidate noted that the new administration taking office in 2023 would face a lot of challenges provoked by cumulative leadership failures over the years.
Obi said that these challenges have threatened national unity, social cohesion, and citizens’ trust in the government and impeded the country’s economic outcomes.
He said: “It is imperative that, as this conference draws closer to the most critical period ahead of the 2023 elections, all young people of voting age obtain their PVCs and make sure they cast their ballots for qualified, competent, and trustworthy candidates at the local/state and national levels.
“Our country is currently one of the most miserable in terms of poverty rate, number of out-of-school children, infant and under-5 mortality rate, life expectancy, and a host of others. All these problems, though difficult, are not unsolvable.”
Lack Of Political Will
Obi asserted the institutional weaknesses and lack of political will to implement good ideas are undermining the development efforts of the country, adding that with the right leadership, political will and commitment to addressing these problems, a new Nigeria is possible.
The former governor reiterated his commitment to a purposeful leadership that draws its strength from all Nigerians, particularly the youths, in policy formulation and administration.
He stressed that the overall task of his leadership in 2023 is to streamline governance and ensure that it is responsive, transformative, and effective.
Obi said: “We will demonstrate that good governance is all about providing the needed services to the people.
“If elected the next president of Nigeria, youths would be the main proponents of my main agenda to transform Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation. The two main components of this agenda are human capital development and finance. Incidentally, the central goal of today’s conference is to improve the quality of human capital.
“Thus, under my leadership, the federal government will prioritise the ability of our educational system to produce the necessary skilled labour force that coincides with the 21st-century labour market demand, alongside providing entrepreneurial education at all levels.”