He The Labor Party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, said that he would be committed to the country’s development if he were elected as Nigeria’s president in the upcoming presidential election.

He also vowed to be prudent in handling public funds while in office, saying he would not steal public funds.

The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had earlier described Obi as a stingy man who could not be trusted with the future of the country.

But Obi said that the country would be safer in the hands of a stingy man like him.

Speaking in Akure, the Ondo state capital, on Saturday during his campaign rally, Obi said he could invest in education, health, economy and other sectors to develop the country.

He said: “Yes, they said I am stingy, but we are not here to steal the nation’s wealth. All we want to do is use the nation’s money for our people and the development of this country.

“They said that I am stingy; we want stingy people now, so we can keep the money. We want to make sure that we use your money to transform the country.

“This election coming up now, don’t vote for anyone because of your tribe, but vote for someone who will move the country forward.

“We don’t want anyone to say that it’s my turn; we want to change Nigeria for the better. Our children will be in school, we don’t want people to be left without Nigeria again. We want to structure Nigeria for development. So go ahead and elect your PVCs and vote for Labor and make sure they count the vote.

Speaking at the rally, LP National Chairman Mr. Julius Abure lamented that the nation was at a crossroads and all sectors were not working, adding that LP was ready to get Nigeria running again.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, Anambra State chapter, has criticized Obi for his comments as a “sick” country and “sick” candidate.

The party said Obi’s portrayal of Nigeria as a “sick” country only showed the opposite of patriotism for a country he sought to rule, adding that competing for the country’s highest office requires proven consistency of traits of leadership, not opportunism.

The APC said Obi should not celebrate the illness of anyone, much less someone he ran with in a presidential race, without taking issue with their background.

The party’s state publicity secretary, Mr Okelo Madukaife, who said this in a statement on Saturday, said: “The portrayal of Nigeria as a sick country by Peter Obi, a candidate who wants to be president, is the opposite. to patriotism.

“However, we are glad that the country, which Obi described four years ago as a ‘vehicle without a motor’ consistent with the tendency to talk bad, has found an engine and now only requires maintenance with a good doctor’s arrowhead. of engines.

“Looking beyond Peter Obi, who in his first and last public office as governor of Anambra State did less than he claims, we are pleased that the presidential race has Senator Bola Tinubu, who was a good engine doctor for a Senate that dealt with a dictator, reluctant to leave power, which tripled his legislative experience.

“We are proud that Tinubu has accepted the challenge of the annulment of the post-June 12, 1993 presidential election by those who used Obi to return to power and fought until the return of democracy, as history did not record that Obi has done it under no other circumstances. .”

However, LP National Vice President South East Chief Innocent Okere said Obi’s statement that the country was sick was not out of place.

Okere also revealed that Obi knew how to tackle the problems besetting the country, saying that the LP presidential candidate would not engage in any blame games when he was elected president.

He stressed that the APC was “playing arcade” and looking for ways to make a “political statement” from what Obi said in Anambra.

Okere added: “This is not an out of place statement, Nigeria is sick, Nigeria is on oxygen, Nigeria needs help. For someone who wants to cure Nigeria, it will not be a sick person. It takes a solid, strong doctor to cure a sick patient, not a doctor seeking care for her ailment who will now come treat someone who is in critical need of help.”