By KINGSLEY CHUKWUKA
JOS – Members of the Middle Belt Forum on Wednesday said they chose to pitch tent with former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi who is running for president in the 2023 general elections because he is the best material from the South-East.
President of the forum, Dr. Pogu Bitrus said Obi, who is contesting under the platform of Labour Party, is preferred from the South-East because of his outstanding record as a former governor.
Bitrus stated this in Jos on Wednesday, during the Middle Belt unveiling of OBI-DATTI 2023.
According to him: “For equity, justice and fairness, a president from the South-East extraction should lead Nigeria in 2023, and based on this we picked Peter Obi as the best candidate from that rejoin as our candidate.
“We are going to mobilise votes from the north-central states for him and to demonstrate this commitment, we have chosen to set today aside for his unveiling”, Bitrus said.
Responding, Obi thanked the region for their solidarity and promised to end insecurity that has stopped the north central states from going to farm.
Obi said the previous government has mismanaged the resources meant for the protection of lives and property, calling on his supporters to hold him responsible if he fails to fix insecurity, if elected into office.
“The money that was supposed to be used to equip security agencies is what they will bring to buy your votes, when they come to ask them where they got money from.
“Universities are on strike for almost eight months, and they don’t care because their children are all schooling abroad. There is hunger and poverty in the land, everybody is hungry and the monies meant to solve these problems are what they have stolen to come and share for you to buy your votes”, Obi said.
He added: “It is the turn of Nigerian youths to take over power from those who have made their future look bleak.”
“If you vote the Labour Party into power, you have voted for the right leadership that will solve the problems of the youths”, he added.