Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi said on Tuesday that Nigeria’s presidency is not a retirement loan, insisting the country needs a stingy leader right now.

Obi also said that he did not owe anyone an apology for being stingy, adding that he is the youngest, fittest and most qualified candidate for president among the four main candidates.

He said this at a town hall meeting with traditional Anambra rulers at Government House, Awka, as part of his national campaign for the February presidential election.

He said: “This is not about turn but capacity because if it is about turn, people like us would insist that it is our turn and it should be considered.

“The job of a president is not a retirement loan or any kind of arrangement, but to unite and rebuild the country.

“They said I’m a cheapskate and I say they didn’t say I’m a wasteful or embezzled public funds just that I’m a cheapskate and I tell them the job and the presidency of our country needs a cheapskate.”

After meeting stakeholders in Awka, the LP presidential candidate is expected to head to Onitsha, where he will also meet supporters who have gathered there.

Speaking at the All Saints Cathedral Field, Onitsha, former Anambra State Governor Chukwuemeka Ezeife assured attendees that they had been waiting patiently since morning that the elections would take place in February and the winner would be declared. .

Ezeife said: “This 2023 election will be carried out successfully. There will be no interim government in Nigeria after the general election, Peter Obi will be sworn in as the overall winner of the election.

“He is the man of the people, I urge you all to come out in droves and vote for him, and elect a new Nigerian president.”

Also speaking, a socio-political activist, Aisha Yesufu, said Nigerians should use their permanent voter cards and fingerprint to elect good leaders who will lead Nigeria to its promised land.

Yesufu said the Labor Party presidential candidate is the man who can be trusted, adding that he would give Nigerians responsibility, provide good roads and create job opportunities for the youth.