Former Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka has stated that Nigeria does not need a good man for president.

The stalwart Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, made the comment on Thursday in a virtual national dialogue monitored by the DAILY POST.

Chidoka’s “good man” statement was in response to earlier comments by Labor Party LP leader Valentine Ozigbo.

Ozigbo, Obi’s Special Adviser on Technology and Strategic Alliances, described the LP presidential candidate as a humble man.

“When it comes to the personality of the candidates, we do not emphasize character. You need someone who is humble, who you can involve.

“You need someone who is compassionate, who cares about their country, other human beings; someone who fears God, who has a conscience.

“There are some people who want to be an empire on their own. Even as they are today, you can’t even reach them how much more when they become president,” said the Anambra 2021 gubernatorial candidate.

In his contribution, Chidoka highlighted the achievements of the PDP when it controlled the federal government between 1999 and 2007.

“The challenge is that when you build institutions around an individual, you are bound to have problems.

“The lesson from our past history was that Obasanjo was a strong and active leader, and then we had Yar’Adua.

“Yar’Adua was an honest and calm man, but under whom he did not move much because each movement was susceptible to conversation and long debate.

“He was a good man, the first man to publicly declare his assets and he also committed his vice of publicly declaring his assets.

“The first man to reform the electoral system, recognizing that the election that brought him to power was not a good one.”

However, Chidoka insists that building institutions that stop the ‘business as usual syndrome’ is “much more critical than a good man.”

The former corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) cited former German ruler Adolf Hitler as an example.

“One of the good men who ruled the world was Adolf Hitler,” said the politician.

“When he was elected, all of Germany said that this is the man we need to restore German pride.

“We all know how it ended because the German people for the first time, instead of trusting their institutions, trusted an individual.”

Chidoka, a former candidate for governor in Anambra, also mentioned the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

“Despite the challenges of being indicted in court for corruption, the people of Brazil re-elected him again because he gets things done.”

“Doing things is different from a Umaru Yar’Adua who was a good man, a very decent man, but he couldn’t do things,” he added.