The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, has promised to return power to the citizens if elected president in 2023.
Obi said in 2023, Nigerians would no longer allow “drivers that don’t know where we are going” to lead the country.
According to him, nobody knows where the country is heading.
The former Anambra governor spoke at the Labour Party and Coalition for Peter Obi leadership summit in Abuja on Thursday.
The summit had coalition groups working for the presidential bid of the former Anambra governor in attendance.
Obi said his job in 2023 is to wrest power from those who hold it presently and return it back to the people.
He said his administration would provide leadership which he said had been lacking.
Obi said: “Our job is to take power from those who have it and give it back to you. We have a country called Nigeria but we don’t have Nigerians. What we want to do is to create Nigerians.
“The only way to create Nigerians is to make people to have hope in Nigeria and the only way they will have faith in Nigeria is that there is hope in Nigerians.
“The only thing that is lacking in this country is leadership. And that is what we intend to provide. We are not trying to do something else. Leadership is what Datti and I want to provide. We are not looking for anything.
“In 2023, we will no longer allow drivers that don’t know where we are going. We will remove that driver. We will not allow him to continue. We will put another driver to continue because what we have now, and what is happening in Nigeria is that you don’t know where you are going, the driver doesn’t know where the vehicle is going, so every road leads us there.
“But we don’t want to worry. All we say is that 2023 onwards, we will no longer allow that situation. For now, we will manage it to the end.”
He also pledged to return the country to production.
Obi said: “All we want to do is to move this country from consumption to production.”
The national chairman of LP, Julius Abure, said the party would win the 2023 presidential election.
Abure, who is a former trade union leader, said the party was on a mission to rescue Nigeria.
He said the country was tilting towards collapse as a result of insecurity and a failing economy.
Director – General of Obi/Datti Campaign Organisation, Dr Doyin Okupe, warned that Nigerians would suffer if the country continued on the same path.
He said the party would mobilise to ensure that everyone at the polling stations voted for the LP.
The vice-presidential candidate of the party, Datti Baba-Ahmed, called for calm ahead of the election.
He cautioned election riggers to “sheath their sword” and allow the voice of the people to prevail.
Baba-Ahmed said: “We do not take anything from anybody for campaign. We are not looking for money in government. We are looking for how to manage government money by following a serious leader who knows how to create money.
“I am following a leader who has nothing to achieve again in this life except to see a peaceful and prosperous nation.
“It pains me when a uniform staff of a federal government of Nigeria, in broad daylight will collect money. Each time I see it, my heart breaks. That similar act is a bad a $20 billion scandal and it happens every day. We are going to end it. We are going to change it.”