2023 Elections: Peter Obi Reveals How He Will Deal with IPOB if Elected President
- Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has said he will dialogue with IPOB and other agitators if elected in 2023
- The former governor of Anambra state said a president in a democracy is expected to govern by consensus
- Obi also declined comment on whether or not IPOB, which has been proscribed by the federal government should be called a terrorist organisation
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FCT, Abuja - Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, says he will dialogue with the members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and other agitators to restore peace in the country if elected Nigeria's president in 2023.
He stated this while responding to questions on insecurity in the country in an interview with Trust TV in Abuja, Daily Trust reported.
“I have said it times without number, Nigeria does not have more agitation than Brazil, if you want I will show you countries that have had agitations in the past, whether it is Brazil, Mexico, whether it is this," Obi said.
“In our southeast, it is a simple thing, I will dialogue, I will discuss, it is a democracy, and in a democracy, you govern by consensus. If anybody says he is not happy, you call him and you sit him down and discuss with him.
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“People agitate in my house, my wife, my children. If you say to me you have lived with your wife all through and you people have never quarrelled, then you are not married. You disagree and settle it – that is agitation.”
Obi said he would govern by consensus and listen to all for smooth administration of the country.
He added that by pulling people out of poverty, he will reduce agitation and criminality..
Is IPOB a terrorist organisation?
Asked whether he shares the federal government’s position in designating IPOB as a terrorist organisation, the Labour Party flagbearer said:
“I don’t want to go into that place. I have told you, I will dialogue with anybody, anything they like let them call you, I will meet and we discuss.
“I don’t like the way people were treated during the EndSARS, I will apologise. We must have a country of healing and love; that is what leadership in a democracy is.
“I am going to meet people in the North, I am going to meet people everywhere and say come, let’s be a family. I want Nigerians to be proud that they are Nigerians. What we have now is we have a country called Nigeria but we don’t have Nigerians. I want to bring back Nigerians.”
Peter Obi's comment on IPOB: Nigerians react
Nimiojo Nimiojo said:
"If Late Yar Adua could dialogue with Niger Delta for the peace and unity of Nigeria then Obi is on the right track."
Hon Abdulqodir Yaqub said:
"I have come to conclusions that Peter is the right choice for Nigeria."
Jonathan Ogue said:
"That is the best way to go... Dialogue. Not guns and bombs. By God's grace Peter Obi will win 2023 Nigeria presidential election."
Joseph Agunwamba said:
"Bad Governance necessitates secession from any country. If things were working in Nigeria there’ll be nothing like Biafra/Oduduwa republic agitation. Dialogue would somehow be a coolant to the already flaming fire from Nnamdi and his Yoruba counterpart."
Chidiebere Okah said:
"Obi focus on your Nigeria thing and leave biafra alone.."
Labour Party denies report claiming Its national chairman has resigned
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Labour Party (LP) dismissed a report claiming the party's national chairman, Barrister Julius Abure, has resigned and dumped the presidential candidate, Obi, ahead of the 2023 general election.
The LP dismissed the report in a tweet posted on Wednesday evening, November 2.
"Please disregard the news going round that our @NgLabour National Chairman has resigned and dumped @PeterObi. It is a lie from the opposition. We are set to take back Nigeria come 2023," the tweet read.