By Ishaq Zaki, Gusau/Ibrahim Bello, Birnin Kebbi, Feb. 2, 2023
Mr. Peter Obi, Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), has, in Zamfara State, promised to tackle insecurity, poverty, hunger and youth unemployment, if elected in the Feb. 25 presidential poll.
The former Governor of Anambra State, at another rally in Kebbi State, also promised an upward review of workers’ salaries and pensions if given the mandate in the upcoming Presidential elections.
Obi, while addressing a large crowd of LP members and supporters on Thursday in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, at the party’s presidential campaign rally also promised to open up the nation’s borders.
“I am appealing to Zamfara electorate to vote for me and all LP candidates at all levels in the coming general elections in order to make our plans for the country a reality.
“We shall put adequate security first in place. We are going to promote peace and stability in our communities.
“Various policies and programmes are on the way to promote the socio-economic well-being of our people with a view to addressing poverty at the grassroots,” Obi said.
In his remarks, the Vice-presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed urged Zamfara residents to vote for LP candidates in the 2023 general elections.
Baba-Ahmed said LP had designed good blueprints for a better Nigeria, adding, “we are ready to bring positive change in Nigeria, we are ready to serve the common man.
“If we are given the opportunity to form a government under the LP, we are going to form a new government.
“I am therefore appealing to you to vote for LP at all levels during the elections. I am giving you an assurance that you will not regret voting for us.
“We are going to initiate policies and programmes to ensure national development,” he vowed.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the rally, Alhaji Yahaya Yari said the rally had proved the presence of LP in Zamfara.
“Our presidential candidate, God willing, will win in Zamfara,” he added.
Upward review of salaries, pensions
Obi, the same Thursday, at his presidential campaign rally in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital, beside his promise of an upward review of workers’ salaries and pensions, pledged to build a new Nigeria devoid of mass poverty and criminalities.
He also promised to invest massively in agriculture in order to ensure food security and export of agricultural produce to other countries.
“This country is a great country with landmass and courageous people. We can feed ourselves if we truly harness our potentials for better.
“I will also invest heavily in education and ensure that unemployment becomes history in this country as our youth will be gainfully engaged in empowerment programmes,” he said.
Obi also promised to address security challenges bedevilling the country, especially the North.
“This year’s election is different as it is based on competence for I and my running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, to bring about the glory of the country with commitment.
“We can’t do it without your support. By you giving us your mandate, we will build a new Nigeria. But it will be with your support,” he said.
Also speaking, the state LP governorship candidate, Mr. Gambo Paul-Tashe, urged the people to vote for LP, promising that they would never regret their decision.
“I urge you to also collect your Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and hold them tight because they are your weapon to choose your right candidates and give mandate to LP candidates at all levels,” he said.