Peter Obi’s trip to Egypt more rewarding than Ekiti — Okupe

Doyin Okupe

Director-general of Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation Doyin Okupe on Wednesday explained that Mr Obi’s trip to Egypt is more rewarding than going to Ekiti where a governorship election will take place on June 18.

Mr Okupe’s comments come in the wake of criticisms which have trailed Obi’s trip to Egypt. His critics say he should be interfacing with the electorate in Ekiti.

Okupe, a former presidential spokesman, noted via Twitter that Obi’s trip to North Africa had been planned before party primaries.

“Peter Obi’s trip has been scheduled previously, even before primaries,” he said. “His mission principally is to see the plants installed by Siemens, which doubled the generating capacity of Egypt in 4yrs. To hold talks directly wt d coy on what will be feasible for nigeria&@what cost?

“Going to Egypt to seek a permanent solution to our crippling energy crisis is a more rewarding move than going to a rally in ekiti, in an election where we are obviously ill prepared for and where we will compete against well entrenched & incumbent establishment parties.”

Obi departed Nigeria on Tuesday on a three-day visit to Egypt to study the country’s power, education, planning and finance sectors.

In March, the former governor of Anambra State met with top Moroccan government officials in areas of security, economy and education.

He said he has stopped comparing Nigeria with the developed countries but has chosen to study and compare Nigeria with better performing economies in Asia, such as China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Phillipines.