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‘No sitting on the fence’: Peter Obi Appeals to Nigerian Voters 12 Days to Presidential Election

“It won’t be about tribe or religion; it won’t be about the traditional sentiments of my turn. It will be about national interest.”

Exactly twelve days to the presidential election,  candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has charged Nigeria who may not have made up their mind whether or how to vote that this is not the time to sit on the fence.

In a series of tweets on Monday morning, Obi said that this is decision time and everybody must be involved because Nigeria is at a historic junction in her life.

“We are down the stretch with 12 days to go. I have a message for Nigerians, especially those that are sitting on the fence. It is DECISION TIME.”

Obi said that every nation has significant moments in its history when a situation arises, which requires that the nation takes specific steps that would mark her turning point, noting that “Nigeria is at that historical junction.”

The LP flag bearer remarked that Nigeria has done poorly due to bad leadership, but noted that citizens must seize the moment and save Nigeria now or never.

“Twelve days from now, we will be called upon to make very hard choices. It won’t be about tribe or religion; it won’t be about the traditional sentiments of my turn. It will be about national interest.

According to the former Anambra State Governor, “we have gambled with Nigeria, her destiny and fate of our children. That must stop as we must revisit lessons learned and missed opportunities.

“What Nigeria needs now is a visionary, transformational leader, capable of moving the country in the direction of National Rebirth.”

The LP standard bearer noted that “for long we trusted the elders. Those of us born after independence must now be allowed to reshape the destiny of the nation.”

Answering a rhetorical question in his tweet – the kind of a leader Nigeria needs at this time – Obi said, “we need leaders who will take full responsibility to protect Nigerian lives, property, and prosperity,” saying “that is what Datti and I represent.”

He stated that banditry, kidnapping, farmer-herder clashes, millions of children out on the streets, hunger, unemployment, and poverty should not be allowed and normalised. 

Finally, Obi said that the moment calls for a new kind of leader and said that he and Datti have set out their vision and plan and are now asking Nigerians to give them the mandate to deliver on them.