Peter Obi: Why I joined Labour Party

Former Anambra Governor and presidential aspirant, Peter Obi, has explained why he defected to Labour Party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


Obi, who was considered one of the top contenders for the party’s presidential ticket, recently announced his resignation from the PDP as well as withdrawal from the presidential race under PDP.


Obi said he is desperate to make Nigeria work again.


He spoke during an interview on “Politics Today” programme on Channels TV.


Obi said: “I am not desperate to be president. I am desperate to see Nigeria work (again) especially for the youths of this country


“Why my choice of Labour party? If you have followed my mantra since I started this, I have always said (that) the greatest tragedy of our country today, is consumption and no production; it is sharing and not creating.


“I said I want to move the country from consumption (nation) to production (nation). I have moved to where I think the process will allow me. It is not about winning or losing. I will rather lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing.


“My politics have been consistent in character and integrity since I started. I have been consistent in seeking the right process


“I hope to get the (Labour Party presidential) ticket. I have to campaign the way it should be and I hope the people will vote for me because I have an idea on how to turn around this sinking ship (called Nigeria).”


“Nobody has ever seen me in my political life sharing money anywhere. I am not saying I am a saint. But I did things which I believe were right.


“When I left office as governor, it is on record, I left N75 billion, that’s about $500 million as at that time. I left it because it is public money.”

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