You don’t know meaning of experience, Baba-Ahmed fires back
PDP’s Vice presidential candidate, Gov Ifeanyi Okowa, says Mr. Peter Obi lacks the capacity needed to lead a federal government.
This, according to him, is because Obi’s experience is “not deep enough.”
Okowa yesterday gave the following justification for his claim in a BBC interview:
“(Obi’s) previous experience is not enough for this one. It will be hard. His experience is not deep enough
“Even as a current governor ruling in a time of crisis, I know how hard it is. I even want to learn under Atiku because he has experience with the federal government.
“The thing is not easy. For them to have handled the economy at that time and made it something better, offering hope, creating jobs, and filtering the society, was not easy because it’s a bigger thing. So someone is supposed to learn through that.
“If you look at Obi’s experience you’ll know it’s small. His experience is not enough to handle Nigeria’s problem.”
Okowa then turned to the youths and advised them to “be wise” in choosing Nigeria’s next president.
“I am appealing to our youths to be wise and vote well.
“They should not be blinded by the concept of a false change because that is how they raved on Jonathan in 2015.
He disagreed with his principal, Atiku Abubakar, who said Peter Obi will have little votes in the 2023 election.
“I did not say he (Obi) won’t have any votes; he will.
“But what I’m saying is that he’s not a new candidate… Today’s Nigeria is very troubled and we need the right person.
‘You don’t understand what capacity means’
Labour Party VP candidate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, said Okowa does not understand the concept of capacity.
“That is absolutely untrue,” he said of Okowa’s claim that his principal lacks capacity to govern.
Obi remains the most qualified among the four leading candidates vying for the presidency, he said in a statement.
“In fact, I beg you to show me anyone who has had more leadership experience in the 2023 contest.
“By that contest, I mean the candidates that we have — the four leading candidates.
“I fail to see anyone who even comes close to His Excellency, Peter Obi.
“The world is now at the stage where we need private sector experience and among all of them, no one has much private sector business sense, prudence, frugality, ability to manage persons, communities, interest groups.
“None of the other three has as much
“That comment is a very unfair, and I will like to think that very soon, the maker of that comment will have to retract because it shows that he has no idea about what capacity is.
“I have a lot of respect for him, but I least expect him to misread what capacity is.
“When you speak of capacity, you are talking of people like Peter Obi and with all modesty, my humble self.”
Peter Obi lacks capacity, says Okowa but Baba-Ahmed disagrees