Presidential aspirant Peter Obi has urged delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to vote at the party’s primaries with their children in mind, and not be swayed by politicians offering money.
Mr Obi stated this while he was in Kogi and Nassarawa states to interact with party delegates ahead of the convention on May 28.
As part of his political consultations across the country, the former governor said that the nation should care more for, and give hope to its citizens, especially youths.
He lamented that the government today, has, in many ways, left the youth to waste their potentials, which if they were well harnessed, would have moved the nation forward.
Obi cited examples with the yet unresolved strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which has kept Nigerian students away from school for months; the high rate of unemployment arising from lack of support for small businesses and the high prevalence of drug abuse; the combined effect of which, he said, has continued to negatively impact on the future of Nigerian youths.
“I urge us to see the 2023 elections as a collective project and an opportunity to create a new nation where people’s talents and hard work will match up with their opportunities. We must abolish this structure that allows people to make money without being productive,” he said.
The ex-governor concluded: “My dear delegates, when you go to cast your vote, do not look at the faces of the politicians wooing you with different amounts of money, but look at the faces of your children and imagine the kind of future you desire for them.”