Labour Party presidential candidate for the 2023 election, Peter Obi, on Monday said that Nigerians will elect a leader they trust because it is not the turn of any politician to rule the country.
Obi appears to be mocking Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer, for a statement he made months ago in which he implied that it was his turn to govern the country.
The phrase “mi L Kàn,” which translates to “I’m the next,” was used by Tinubu in a fiery speech in June where he detailed how he helped President Muhammadu Buhari win the presieency in 2015 and why he should succeed him.
Speaking in Abuja at a retreat hosted by LP, Obi suggested that the 2023 elections should be decided on “competence”.
“We will do this retreat now; after the election, we will do another one. Next year’s elections will not be based on ethnicity. We have had it before; it would not be on religion. There is no place that Christians buy things cheaper, there is no place that Muslims buy things cheaper,” Obi said.
“It will not be by turn, it is nobody’s turn. It must not be by connection. The election next year must be based on character and trust; it must be based on competence,” he added.
If voted into power, the LP presidential candidate promised to cut corruption by 70%.