A former governor of Anambra State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi, says he is not desperate to be the president of Nigeria, but that he is aspiring for the nation’s number one position because he is eager to see Nigeria work.
He emphasized that Nigeria is a country with untapped potentials, but he is not desperate to be the president of Nigeria, rather he is desperate to move the nation away from a consumption economy to a productive one.
His words: “I’m aspiring to lead this country. For me, it is not a desperate aspiration but I am desperate to see Nigeria work.”
Mr Obi, who was the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 general elections, stated this yesterday, Wednesday, April 27, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Bayelsa State governor, Senator Douye Diri, at Government House in Yenagoa.
He also declared that, if he is elected as Nigeria’s president, he would end the current oil revenue sharing formula and in its place, he would introduce a production formula, particularly in the Information, Communications and Technology, ICT, and agricultural sectors.
He further reeled out the statistics of agricultural value chain to Nigeria’s economy as against oil revenue, decrying the level of neglect of food production in the country.
According to him, the $18 billion, Nigeria gets from the sale of oil monthly cannot be compared to Facebook or Twitter, which was just sold for $44 billion.
He stressed that Nigeria was not working because of its unproductive state, which he said was unacceptable to the nation’s young, intelligent and smart population.