The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , Mr Peter Obi , has described the next presidential election as a battle between darkness and light .
Speaking at Agulu, during a lecture organised by African Community of Transformers with the theme , ‘ South -East Political Culture : Peter Obi as Paradigm Shift ’ , Obi said Nigerians have the opportunity now to choose between the two alternatives .
Obi urged Nigerians to choose a system that “will start working again through tackling of employment and creating a new Nigeria that would provide the basic needs of Nigerians ” or “ remain stuck to the country ’ s present economic backwardness ” .
According to him , he agreed to contest with Alhaji Abubakar Atiku because they shared the vision of making Nigeria work again.
The lead lecturer and Dean , Faculty of Social Sciences of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka , Prof Chinyere Stella Okunna, in a lecture entitled ‘ Nigeria ’ s Ailing Economy: Focus on Peter Obi Leadership Style ’ , described Obi ’ s emergence on the Nigerian political scene as phenomenal .
Okunna described Obi ’ s leadership as “extraordinary and transformational”.
Explaining the secrets of Obi ’ s success in governance , Okunna said the former Anambra State governor worked with a team , identified needed change , created a vision to guide the change through inspiration and went on to execute the change along with committed members of his team .
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 with Obi ’ s emergence , Nigerians will enjoy a leader that “possesses the capacity to achieve extraordinary things ; is daring enough to seek transformation; embodies the right values to raise followers to higher levels of morality ; possesses the charisma and enthusiasm to inspire and motivate followers to change things; is imbued with vision to guide change in the right direction and possesses the intellectual stimulation to think out lasting solutions ” .
The university don noted that the Atiku and Obi have the capacity to solve Nigeria ’ s problems , including unemployment , deplorable infrastructure, militancy, the weakness of the naira , pervasive poverty , poor performance of the power sector , and health and educational challenges .
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