Former Anambra State Governor and presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the last election, Mr.
Peter Obi, has insisted that he must be President of Nigeria.
Obi, who is in court with the winner of the just concluded election, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said he is convinced in his spirit that he will be president.
He spoke during the launch of a book written in his honor, ‘Peter Obi: Many Voices, One Perspective’, which was held in Awka, Anambra State.
Obi said, “Anyone who thinks I’m on transit is wasting his time. Let me tell you, I must be the president of this country. I’m sure of that. If it is not today, it must be tomorrow.
“Other people who want to be should come and tell us what they want to do and how to do it. This is my country; I don’t have dual citizenship. If anyone thinks I am going to run away from Nigeria, they are lying.
“I have three engagements in Anambra and Lagos today. I will be speaking in Lagos tonight. We will not leave Nigeria. I am not in a hurry to become president, but I know it must happen.
“For three years, I was in court in Anambra to reclaim my governorship, just to challenge the process. Many people tried to discourage me, but I said even if the entire four-year tenure elapsed for us to prove a point and correct the process, I would be fulfilled.
“My argument is that let’s do what is right. I always tell everyone that I will not give people money to do the wrong thing. I have been the chairman of a committee, the TETFUND committee, and Prof. Mahmood was my member. We know ourselves, but since he became INEC chairman, I have never met him. I told him, "You’re an umpire; just do what is right.
“If you have the chance to do the right thing and you insist on perpetuating anarchy, then it will consume everybody one day. I insist that we must do the right thing.
“I was at an event yesterday in Abuja, and it was the World Food Organization. I listened to a report that stated that Nigeria will face intense hunger in the years to come.
“It is Nigeria that will face hunger, not Peter Obi. The report listed Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe as the states that will be worst hit, but those three states put together are five times larger in land mass than Israel, yet Egypt exports food while Nigeria cannot feed itself.
“So we must cultivate a habit of doing the right thing. If we don’t do the right thing, it will consume us some day.”
One of the editors of the book, Prof. Chinyere Okunna, said in her remarks that the launch was geared towards raising funds for the financing of the matter before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
“We believe in Obi. He is not a saint, but among all the people who contested to become president, none comes close to him in humility, education, love of the people, experience, or knowledge.
“Litigation is a very capital-intensive project, and we want to support him through this launch. It was very clear that Obi won the election, but we want to call on the judiciary to be upright in their judgment and do the right thing,” she said.