…Insists that he will dismantle Nigeria’s criminal structure

Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has said he will declare war on the power sector if he is elected president in the upcoming February election.

Obi had this to say on Monday while speaking at Chatham House in the UK.

He said: “You have heard them say that we have no structure, that structure is what has dismantled Nigeria. We will destroy that criminal structure, I assure you.

“We are going to turn the electricity sector around. Nigeria today generates 56,000 megawatts for 200 million people and South Africa, the second largest economy on the continent, 60 million people, generates more than 40,000 megawatts, however, they have declared an emergency in the electricity sector.

“I have said that anyone can generate up to 100,000 megawatts with our license.

“If a country with 60 million people generating more than 40,000 MW declares an energy emergency, what do you think someone with two million people generating between 5,000 and 6,000 MW will do? War!

“I am going to declare war on power and I am going to solve it. Anyone who gets in the way, so be it.”

While answering questions about how he (Obi) intends to revive Nigeria to make the country attractive and attractive to foreign investors, the LP candidate said that establishing regulations that make investment conducive will go a long way in resolving the challenge.

He said: “Bringing back foreign investment is very simple. The foreign investor (relationship) is like the bee and the honey, all he needs to do is create honey and the bees will be everywhere.

“Foreign capital is afraid of corruption, it is afraid of the junta’s policies, it is afraid that there is no rule of law. You have to establish a regulatory environment that makes it conducive, you have to ensure it. That is at the heart of what Datti and I offer.

“We will be that intangible asset of securing the country, making sure to govern through the rule of law. We will fight against corruption.”

Praising the integrity of his running mate Datti Baba-Ahmed, Obi continued: “Datti has a record as the only National Assembly member who refused to buy government property when it was offered to all National Assembly members.

“You can go and look at his history if you see anywhere he’s compromised or put himself in a transactional position and I’ll stop running.

“I know how I approached him and told him ‘you and me must save our people.’ That’s why we came together and agreed to work as a team to solve this problem.”