Instead of saving the people, he saved money” — Tinubu criticises Obi

With less than 50 days until the presidential election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) standard bearer, Bola Tinubu, took a swipe at his Labour Party (LP) co-contender, Peter Obi, over his antecedents on Saturday.

Despite some criticism, Obi has remained unapologetic about his efforts to shore up the state coffers prior to his departure as governor of Anambra in 2014.

According to Alex Otti, his party’s governorship candidate in Abia State, the state had $155 million in its coffers following Obi’s departure.

Tinubu, on the other hand, was critical of Obi’s approach to using the state’s resources to empower the people.

While campaigning in Akure, the Ondo State capital, he shared his Renewed Hope agenda with the crowd of supporters before telling them that “these things do not come by accident.”

The APC candidate said his vision for the country can only be harvested by progressive and democratic governance, which according to him Obi cannot do.

He said: “He [Obi] cares little that his policies and actions have a chance to show how progressive he could be when he was the governor of Anambra State. All he could do was boast that he saved money – I don’t know how much.

“But I tell you, it is a wicked parent like Obi, given the opportunity to feed his children, invest in tomorrow on their behalf and hold money in his hands while the children starve and go to bed hungry. That is Obi wickedness,” he said.

According to him, only a “heartless governor” would hold onto money despite hungry schoolchildren, and roads and clinics in a state of disrepair. In the view of the former Lagos governor, neither the city dweller nor the farmer prospers at such a time.

“In the end, he refused to save the people because he preferred to save the money and he claimed to be a party labour (sic). Is that labour? You will have to be labouring under a terrible delusion if you think he will do a better job for this nation than he did for Anambra State.

“What is there to be proud of? After Obi left, Obi has nothing to be proud of. Instead, Obi moved, left Anambra crying. He moved to Lagos. Obi… Obi…. Import and export. Warehouse economist. Obi, why did you do that?

“You now ran away to Labour. What kind of Labour? It means you have no understanding of what it means. When they talk of dignity of labour, instead [of him] to save the people, instead he saved the money. I am indeed very sorry.”

 

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