Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, has said that the north deserves another term come the general elections in 2019.
He made the statement at a brief luncheon with a few online publishers in Lagos on Sunday. Responding to the question as to whether power should shift in the 2019 elections, he said it should remain in the north in the interest of equity and fair play.
“I believe strongly that the north should be allowed to complete its two terms whichever party Nigerians decide to vote for, they should be supported to complete their second term just like the South during Obasanjo’s tenure,” said the politician who likes to refer to himself as a trader.
Explaining that there are several qualified candidates in the north, who can get the job done, he singled out former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the most qualified.
Obi said that the reason he would most likely support Atiku, whatever party platform he decides to run on, stems from the fact that he is not just a successful politician, but has also done well in business and established a university.
He declared that anyone who has not run a successful business and provided employment should not aspire to political leadership. Atiku, he stated, has the key ingredients needed for national growth, development and leadership. He pointed out that most of the businesses he runs are very successful and evident to all.
“Chinua Achebe got it right when he said that leadership is the trouble with Nigeria… Our country is going through a difficult time because it lacks leadership, and the quality of the present political leaders is low,” Obi said.
He lamented that the lack of leadership has robbed Nigeria of its enviable position as a world economic power like China, South Korea, Malaysia and a host of others who were in the same league economically with Nigeria in the 1980s.
Obi said that is why his main pre-occupation now is to raise awareness on the need for Nigerians to rise up to the challenge of identifying leaders that will take the country to the next level of development.
He explained that the reason he has been going across the country and Africa since he left office is to empower the youths in his desire to build future leaders who will help bring the country out of the woods.
Refusing to comment on the crisis bedevilling the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he however allowed that there was no truth to the rumour that he would run for public office in the 2019 elections.
Obi who said he holds no grudge against his successor, Governor Willie Obiano, disclosed he has not endorsed anyone for the upcoming governorship election in Anambra State but averred that if he eventually does, the candidate “must perform better than Gov Obiano”.
“Whatever issues I have with [Obiano] are being addressed through the appropriate channels, but anyone I eventually endorse must rise up to the occasion. I did my best for the people of Anambra State, it is left for prosperity to judge my achievements. I left billions of naira and millions of dollars in Access Bank, Diamond and Fidelity Bank for the people of Anambra, these are verifiable facts,” he said.