By Isaiah Eka, Uyo.
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, says the conviction of his Campaign Organisation’s Director-General, Dr Doyin Okupe, over money laundering charges will not break his resolve to be Nigeria’s president.
Obi said this during an interaction with journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council Secretariat, in Uyo on Monday.
The Labour Party’s presidential candidate said that he was undaunted by the conviction and would continue with his campaign, while allowing the due process of law to take its course.
“I am hearing about it (the conviction) just like you. I am still studying what is coming out of the court and everything. I believe in the rule of law. It is not going to demoralise me.
“Today, when I arrived Akwa Ibom, somebody asked me why I haven’t been using my aircraft because it has been grounded and all that, and I said to him that nothing demoralises me.
“In my life, I have never stayed where they dropped me. Otherwise, I would have been where they dropped me before. This election, if they like, let them do anything about people who are around me, I will get there,” Obi said.
On the impression that he did not have political structure to win the presidential election, Obi said that he was determined to dismantle the existing political structure in the country, which encouraged corruption and spread poverty among Nigerians.
“The structure they have today is the structure we want to destroy. It is the structure of criminality; it is structure that produced 133 million people living in poverty.
“It is the structure that produced 20 million out-of-school children. It is the structure that has made Nigeria surpass India in infant mortality. It is the structure that will destroy Nigeria, and we want to destroy that structure,” he said.
The presidential candidate added that his priority would be how to secure a united Nigeria and pull the citizens out of poverty.
Obi said that if he was elected president in 2023, he would work towards the realisation of the Ibaka Deep Seaport in Akwa Ibom.
“My problem is how to create a future and make Nigeria a productive and not a consuming nation,” he added.