The Vice-Presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Peter Obi, has described February 16 as simply a choice between how to make Nigeria to start working again through tackling of employment, creating a new Nigeria that would provide the basic needs of Nigerians and how to remain fixed in the country's present economic backwardness. Obi said he agreed to contest with Alhaji Abubakar Atiku because they shared the vision of making Nigeria work again.
Obi was speaking at Agulu during the lecture organized by African Community of Transformers with the theme of "South-East Political Culture: Peter Obi as Paradigm Shift".
The lead lecturer and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Chinyere Stella Okunna, speaking on "Nigeria's Ailing Economy: Focus on Peter Obi Leadership Style," described Obi's emergence on the Nigerian political scene as phenomenal as his leadership was extraordinary and transformational.
Explaining the secrets of Obi's success in governance, Okunna said it was because, he worked with a team, identified needed change, created a vision to guide the change through inspiration and went on to execute the change in tandem with committed members of his team.
Speaking further, Okunna said she agreed with other Nigerians that Obi's emergence as the Vice Presidential candidate was one of the best things that had happened to Nigeria. She said Obi's emergence would be the first time Nigeria would enjoy a leader that possessed the capacity to achieve extra-ordinary things; daring enough to seek transformation; embodied the right values to raise their followers to higher levels of morality; possessed the charisma and enthusiasm to inspire and motivate followers to change things; was imbued with vision to guide change in the right direction and who possessed the intellectual stimulation to think out lasting solutions.
In her final submission, Okunna said the combination of Atiku and Obi had the capacity to solve Nigeria's unemployment problem, deplorable infrastructure, militancy, and health and educational challenges, pathetic weakness of the Naira, pervasive poverty, under-performance of the power sector, among others.
Other speakers, McCcool Nwosu and Bruno Ibekilo, where united in their insistence that the hallmark of true election was allowing the votes of the people to count. They called on voters to be vigilant on election day so that all votes would count.
One of the organizers of the event, Mr. Chigozie Ebefu, said that the urge for lectures on Mr. Peter Obi was because he was eminently qualified to be held out as a role model in all ramifications.