By Simeon OSAJIE
The Presidential Candidate of Labour Party in the February 28 general election, Mr. Peter Obi, National Leadership of the party, Barr. Julius Abure and his entourage and the State Executive Committee of Labour Party led by its chairman, Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi stormed Benin City to mobilize voters for the 18 Chairmanship Candidates of the party ahead of Edo State Local Government Council Election slated for September 2.
Speaking at the mega rally, Peter Obi stressed on the need to vote for those who have the integrity, capacity and ability to develop the grassroots.
He said all Labour Pary candidates are men and women of proven integrity who have made marks in their individual careers and would translate same to the development of their various council.
Obi recalled his experience as Governor of Anambra State narrating how he was stopped from conducting local government election.
He noted that for any State to claim development, the local government must have been adequately transformed but the case of Nigeria is different as records have it that State Governors plant their stooges at the local government and loot the treasury dry as will.
The LP February 28 presidential candidate who noted that the development of local government is critical to the advancement of the country stressed that there is mass poverty in the land and for the system to work, the right people should occupy the Local Government Council positions.
According to him, most State Governors have masterminded strategies on siphoning resources meant for the development of grassroots which is the reason why it is hard to see significant development in the country.
“As a Governor of Anambra State, I was prevented by several legal suites for 6 years not to conduct election but I ensured that resources meant for Local Government was spent for the different LGAs mostly in the area of Education, Health and infrastructural development; you can go and verify, the records are there,” he said.
Peter Obi further said that Nigeria has changed and the leaders must also change by providing transparent and accountable leadership to the people.
“Local Government is supposed to be the root of development. The local government is responsible for the three most critical aspect of development which is health care, when you talk about health, it is the primary health care, when you talk about Education, and it is basic education and pulling people out of poverty.
“I am saying that those in government should account for public money. People are hungry. People are dying, I told you that I was ready to solve Nigeria problems before contesting the last Presidential election.”
He however assured the 18 Candidates of financial support from the Party to mobilize ahead of the local government election.
On his party, National Chairman of Labour Party, Barr. Julius Abure warns that the Local Government election results should not be written as being rumoured by some quarters.
He appreciated the supporters of Labour Party who voted to give 79% of votes in the last general election and charged them to replicate same in the LGA election.
He however charged the party candidates to tell the people what they want to do and if emerge should ensure they keep their promises.
Speaking also, the State Chairman of Labour Party, Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi appreciated the sponsors of the mega rally and charged all supporters to go back to their wards and ensure they mobilize for the election.
Comrade Ogbaloi who appreciated the support groups reminded them that the work at hand is huge and requires the same cooperation during the general election.
According to Comrade Kelly, wining the local government election is a must for the Party Candidates as that would help consolidate on the structures already in place ahead of the Governorship election.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of flags to the 18 Local Government Candidates and their Vice by the Peter Obi and the National Chairman, Barr. Julius Abure.