The Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi visited Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, on Wednesday, promising that the party will lift Nigeria out of its current situation and make things work again.
Addressing party faithful at IBB Square, Makurdi, during his campaign, Obi decried the backwardness of the country and the state and raised the hope that his administration, if given the mandate, would change things for the better.
He said, “We will secure Nigeria and bring peace to Benue, and we will ensure that Benue works. I know what is happening in Benue; somebody said Benue is a civil servant, but to me, Benue is one and a half times bigger than Israel, and we will make the state as viable as Israel under my watch. We will make Benue create wealth because we want our youths to be self-reliant and our government will be for youths and women.
“The way River Nile is to Egypt is how Rivers Niger and Benue ought to be to Nigeria, so if we are given the mandate, we will dredge both Niger and Benue rivers.”
He however asked his supporters who are mostly youths to hold him responsible as he vowed not to abandon them.
Similarly, the LP presidential candidate urged Nigerians to hold him accountable for any commitments he makes after winning the 2023 election.
“What I want to say to Nigerians is that I want Nigerians to hold me responsible. Our government will not remain in Abuja; it will go to the states. I will listen to their problems.
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“We will secure and bring peace to Benue State. Those who want to go back to their villages will go back. Those who want to go back to their farms will go, and we will support them. Our government is about securing Nigeria. We will ensure that we restructure the entire security infrastructure in Nigeria, and we will give them all the moral support.
“FG under me and Datti will support every state. Everything I say today, take it. Hold us responsible. We will start building a new Nigeria where there will be law and peace.”