Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi has presented the blueprint of the party to the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land in a push to secure more support from identifiable groups.
Obi made the presentation on Monday while on courtesy visit to the Omole Phase 2 palace of Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, where he explained that he had embraced restructuring as component of his administration if he wins.
Obi, said his plans on the economy, tourism, security, agriculture and unity of Nigeria remain pivotal as a better way of salvaging Nigeria from the political quagmire.
He also spoke about the economic potential of the North and Southern Nigeria, adding that the visit to the palace of Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land is part of the ongoing consultation of his presidential campaign train.
He submitted that the blueprint of his administration is all-inclusive, with prominent focus on the unity of Nigeria as well as a robust economy.
Obi maintained also that the visit was a measure of respect to the stool and understanding of how best to solve Nigeria’s problems with an enduring blueprint.
He added that prominent leaders like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Pa Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Edwin Clark would not be supporting his ambition if it is all about money.
“There are others who can give billions to the elders and leaders of our country, but I have no money to give them. I have a strong desire to change the country and make Nigeria work for everybody.
“We have a project of a Nigerian where everybody is involved in the prospect of a great Nigeria.
“I said it here that Nigeria should hold me responsible for Nigeria’s turnaround. We will do things differently as President of this great nation.
Obi also gave insights into the prospects of how Philippines was liberated. He mentioned Vietnam, Indian and China with their huge population had succeeded in ensuring food and human security, saying Nigeria can be great with a leader with the people’s interest at heart.
“I will make Sambisa Forest an agric village and also explore the tourism sector and address the spate of insecurity across the country.
While responding, Aare Gani Adams pointed out that the visit was not an endorsement but a show of respect to the revered stool that had been in existence since 1587.
He stated further that by virtue of his position, he is a major player and stakeholder in Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole, insisting that anybody that fails to respect the stool does so at his or her peril.
Iba Gani Adams maintained that as the leader of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) global convener of the Oodua Progressives Union (OPU) and other groups, there is need to be consistent.
“I appreciate your gesture and respect for the revered stool of the Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land.
“You gave us a short notice on your visit, I appreciate the fact that you keep to time. It is a show of your passion and dedication.
“Your respect for the stool of the Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land is a reflection of your understanding of Nigeria’s problems.
“As the Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, leader of the OPC and global convener of the OPU, we are neutral for now, however, we will discuss the issue at the various meetings of our stakeholders both in Nigeria and in the diaspora.
“Anybody that wants to be the Nigerian president should restructure the country into federating units where each region will develop at their own pace.
“Our founding fathers agreed on an enduring template of federalism based on the independent constitution of 1960,but the military came and thwarted our polity by changing federalism to unitary system, after a year there was a civil war in 1967 and shortly thereafter, our living together was based on mutual suspicion.
“With all your beautiful ideas, if Nigeria is not restructured to regionalism, it will be very difficult to achieve.
“Two weeks ago, there was a report that a particular candidate will be using the OPC as a cannon fodder to disrupt Lagos and Yoruba land if a particular candidate loses.”
He urged the Igbo not to exercise any fear, insisting that all Nigerians are in the best position to vote for any candidates of their choice.
“As the Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, I have had an enduring relationship with the Igbo.
“Your visit is not an endorsement but it is an opportunity for you to present the blueprint of your party to us as an organization. With the point you have highlighted so far, it is my hope that you are a man of integrity. And my prayer is that God will grant your heart desires.
Afenifere chieftains, Barrister Sola Ebiseni, Chief Gboyega Adejumo, and Chief Segun Sanni urged the Aareonakakanfo to support Obi’s ambition for a better Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Atoloye Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land and the General Secretary of the OPC, Chief Babajide Tanimowo, Akingbayi Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Victor Adewale, and OPU Publicity Secretary,and Coordinator of OPU African Union (AU),Chief Segun Ogunpitan, Asoju Aare Ona kakanfo of Yoruba land and Publicity Secretary of OPC, Chief Yinka Oguntimehin also spoke.
They disclosed further that the representatives of the various organizations under Aare Adams would meet the leadership of the various organizations, convene the outcome of the meeting to the highest decision making organ of the organizations and get back Obi in due time.
Other members of the Afenifere, Aare Onakakanfo Chief-In- Council and stalwarts present at the meeting include the Gbonka Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gboyega Adejumo, Atoloye Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Babajide Tanimowo, Asoju Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Yinka Oguntimehin, Akingbayi Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Victor Adewale, Barejiro Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, Dauda Asikolaiye,Chief Oyerinde Otepola, and Afenifere chieftain, Chief Sola Ebiseni and Basorun Segun Sanni among others.