Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has watered down the administrative experience of Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, saying he can’t lead Nigeria at the moment.
Okowa who is the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Obi’s only experience is as a former Governor in Anambra State is not enough to lead Nigeria.
He stressed that leading a country like Nigeria is hard and hence someone like Obi needed more to occupy the seat of the presidency.
HausaToday understands that Okowa made the claims during an interview with BBC pidgin on Monday.
He said, “I did not say he won’t have any votes, he will have. But what I’m saying is that he’s not a new candidate. It has not been long since he left PDP. You know he was in APGA before, from APGA he came to PDP. It has not been long since he left (PDP), so he cannot say anything about PDP because that’s where he was before.”
“Some of us are still here. At every party, there are good people and bad people. But today’s Nigeria is very troubled and we need the right person. That is why I am appealing to our youths to be wise and vote well, they should not be blinded by the concept of a false change because that is how they raved on Jonathan in 2015.”
Okowa said he is eager to learn more under PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar who according to him has a wider experience with the federal government.
“His (Obi) previous experience is not enough for this one (presidency), it will be hard. His experience is not deep enough. Even as a current governor ruling in a time of crisis, I know how hard it is.
“I even want to learn under Atiku because he has experience with the federal government. The thing is not easy. For them to have handled the economy at that time and made it something better, offering hope, creating jobs, and filtering the society, was not easy because it’s a bigger thing. So someone is supposed to learn through that. If you look at Obi’s experience you’ll know it’s small,” Obi added.