The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Russia and President of Nigerian Community Russia, Dr Maurice Okoli has declared support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
In a statement on Sunday, Dr Okoli said, unlike the presidential candidates of the major political parties, Obi has no baggage.
Describing him as an impeccable character, Okoli a Senior Research Fellow Institute for African studies Academy of Sciences Russia and CEO of Markol Group Russia, urged Nigerians to vote for Peter Obi in the 2023 presidential election.
According to him, the Labour Party presidential candidate has awakened the consciousness of the Nigerian youth, stressing that they have trusted him with their future to get them the new Nigeria of their dreams.
He said the former governor of Anambra State is a man with an impeccable track record of excellent public service who will take Nigeria to the promised land.
“If the corrupt ruling class rigs him out of the presidency of Nigeria, what we are witnessing now will be a child play on what to come. Nigerians should think. For a revolution to take place there must be revolutionary situations. We are gradually getting to that situation. The ruling class must be conscientious.
“I am aware that we black people like to live in self-denial. We are mostly not honest with ourselves. And once you are dishonest to your self you can neither be honest to others nor to your God. Looking at the precarious and dangerous situation of things in Nigeria, will we be open to ourselves?. Nigerians should think.
“It is only an educated person without character that will not support Peter Obi. As a matter of fact, an illiterate with character is better than an educated person without character,” he said.
He lamented that the country is drifting close to the cliff, emphasizing that all hands must be on deck to ensure Obi’s victory at the polls.
Dr Okoli faulted the Muslim/Muslim ticket of APC, saying such is not needed in a religiously divided country like Nigeria.
He said: “If Nigerians allow him to rig himself to the presidency, what we are witnessing under the present. APC Presidency will be a child play to what is to come”.
On the choice of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as PDP Presidential candidate, Okoli said: “PDP chose a Presidential candidate who is a Fulani Northern Muslim for another eight years after a Fulani Northern Muslim will be finishing his eight years as the president of Nigeria. This is in a country being choked by the cry of peace, unity, equity, justice and fairness”.
By Maurice Okoli PhD (Economics)
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