By Sunday Iduh
The presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has said over 100 million Nigerians grappling with poverty and other challenges are his structures.
The former governor of Anambra State stated this Wednesday when he paid the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, a consultative visit at his private residence in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).
Speaking shortly after over 30 minutes meeting with Governor Ortom which was held behind closed doors, Obi said: “For me, it is just a courtesy call on the Governor of Benue State. He is somebody I consider as a brother.”
On the structures of LP, the presidential candidate said: “I have said it before. When people talk about structures, I have always said that my structures are the over hundred million Nigerians living in poverty, the five million unemployed young people, those people who are finding it difficult to live and Nigerians who today, spend over hundred percent of their money on feeding. These categories of people are my structures. Above all, I have the most important structure which is the Almighty God.”
Governor Ortom commended Obi for the visit and also for formally letting him know of his presidential ambition in 2023.
“I commend Peter Obi. Where we are today, I have always said that we must look beyond politics. We must join hands and work together to rescue Nigeria and rebuild it.
“I think Peter Obi’s credentials are very clear and everybody knows. I appreciate him. He knows that I am a very big stakeholder in PDP but he found time to visit me and he has been going round. This is commendable and I appreciate him.
“According to John chapter 3 verse 27, a man can receive nothing except it be given to him from above. If God decides to give him, nobody can stop it. If God decides that it is somebody else, nobody can stop it.
“It is a very welcome development. I believe that he will reach out to even the other presidential candidates of various political parties – PDP, APC and NNPP.
“I believe that he should be able to reach out to them, sit with them and analyse the Nigerian situations and see if he can convince them to even step down for him because there is provision for that in the law. If they do that, It can work.
“Let us be seen as putting Nigeria first. That is what is most important and so far, I commend his efforts,” he stated.