Peter Obi signing the condolence register opened in honour of Prof. George Obiozor at Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Secretariat, Enugu
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has said that the demise of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor will not dampen the push for a better Nigeria.
Obi who became the first to sign the condolence register opened in honour of the late diplomat and elder statesman at the National Secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Friday said that despite the grave loss, he believes that a new Nigeria is still possible.
He said Obiozor's contribution to Nigeria and Ndigbo in particular were monumental, adding that every Nigerian, especially Igbos will feel a sense of loss at his demise.
"That is why this morning, I decided to personally come to this secretariat, which is like what holds Ndigbo together to sign this condolence register as I just did a few days ago for one of our late leaders as well.
"For me I feel sad but we cannot question God.
"All I can say is may God Almighty that called him home grant him eternal rest and continue to grant all of us especially his family the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.
"May God continue to bless Igbo land and continue to bless Nigeria.
"I am proud of my Nigerianes, I am proud of my Igboness.
"It is something I hold dear; the both of them. But I am contesting as a Nigerian.
"So I believe that in this exercise as it is today, a new Nigeria is possible.
"I have all it takes in terms of character, competence to start building that new Nigeria."
On rumours of alleged conspiracy by political bigwigs in the country to frustrate his presidential ambition, Obi said: "There is no conspiracy against my candidacy anywhere.
"There's nothing like that or anything of that sort.
"Some people have a different opinion. Everybody is not supposed to support me.
"In fact, if everybody supports me there is danger. Some will disagree.
"Don't forget that I am fighting to change a system where people who brought us here are living off.
"You think those who live off the confusion will support me? No.
"Some people are living off Nigeria as it is today.
"Some people have a structure that has brought us to this juncture where we produce 133 million people who are poor, where our primary healthcare has collapsed, where we have 20 million out-of-school children, where we have almost 40 per cent unemployment with 60 per cent youth unemployment.
"You think these people will support me? They will not.
"But I urge all of us to remember that we need to build a new Nigeria.
"Nobody is against me, what people have is different opinions which is allowed in a democratic dispensation."
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