On January 10, Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, stated that Nigeria needed to build a stingy leader.
Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party and Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress both referred to him as a stingy man before he made his statement.
Obi responded by declaring that he owes no one an apology for being frugal.
Among the four front-runners, he noted, he is the youngest, the fittest, and the best qualified candidate for President.
At a town hall meeting with Anambra traditional leaders held by the government, he made this statement.
“This is not about turn, but about capacity,” he claimed, “because if it were about turn, individuals like us would say that it was our turn and that it should be taken into account.
The work of a president is about bringing the nation together and reconstructing it, not about receiving a retirement loan or any other type of settlement.
“They said that I am a stingy man and I say they didn’t say that I am extravagant or that I embezzled public funds only that I am stingy and I tell you the job and the Presidency of our country needs a stingy person.” Obi continued; “When you look at me and my Running mate you would discover that we are young compared to the other candidates who are older and our National Chairman is in his fifties but the National Chairman of the other candidates is about
“When it comes to qualifications, I am the youngest and the most qualified among them, and this is not a job for people rehabilitation,” he continued. “Nigeria needs a strong and vibrant person as president, one who is in tune with the trending and modern style of leadership so that our country would be counted among the committee of great Nations in the world.”