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The leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo has canvassed Southwest support for the presidential ambition of the Labour Party’s candidate, Peter Obi.
Pa Adebanjo reiterated his stand to back Obi’s ambition on Wednesday during the LP presidential rally in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
Adebanjo, who addressed the crowd briefly in Yoruba, said people should not be blindfolded in tribalism and sentiment in their choice of candidate in the presidential race.
He said, “To those saying this one is Igbo, that one is Yoruba, the talk of president in Nigeria is not a talk of the Igbo or Yoruba but the talk of entire Nigeria,” he said.
Addressing the crowd at the campaign held at Adamasingba Stadium (Lekan Salami Stadium), Obi commended Pa Adebanjo among other Yoruba leaders and party chieftains at the venue.
The former Anambra State governor promised that his emergence as the president in the forthcoming 2023 election will put an end to corruption in Nigeria.
According to the LP presidential candidate, if elected, he would make Nigerians proud of their country, adding that Obi will make the country secure and united.
He said, “I give my respect to Pa Ayo Adebanjo. What Afenifere is standing for today is what will elevate the future of Nigeria; they standing for equity, justice and fairness. And equity, justice and fairness is a foundation of which we would build a united Nigeria.
“Let me assure you, the government we tend to form will be a beginning of new Nigeria. It’s the building of Nigeria where Nigerians will be proud of being Nigerians.
“We will secure and unite Nigeria. We will not allow anybody to go into another’s territory and behave anyhow.
“We will secure and unite Nigeria. We will provide and ensure we move Nigeria from consumption to production.
“By doing that, we will bring back this great city of Ibadan. The youth of Nigeria will have job. They are very energetic and talented and we must provide them a future.
“We would fight corruption. Corruption is killing the future of Nigeria. People are stealing money that should help to develop Nigeria.”
Obi claimed “Nigeria, today, is a laughing stock”, while saying he would change the narrative if elected president.
“Everywhere you go, you’ll be afraid to say you’re a Nigerian. We want people to be proud to say they are Nigerians because they will have job and they will not be running away from their country.
“It will not be build on tribalism, religion… we will make sure there is no strike in public universities. We will make education our priority.
“In the North, I assure you, we will turn the vast land into agricultural land that will feed this country and we would export goods.
“In the Southwest, we will return Lagos to where it will become the financial centre of Africa.”
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