The Middle Belt Forum on Wednesday endorsed Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, as their candidate for the 2023 elections.
The forum also stated that it was supporting Obi’s campaign because it believed in “fairness, equity, and justice.”
This information was provided by Dr. Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Forum and middle belt convener for OBIDATTI 2023, during the announcement of Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti as their candidates for the 2023 presidential election at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium in Jos, the capital of the Plateau State.
“We are here to inform Nigerians that the Middle Belt completely supports Peter Obi for the president in 2023,” Bitrus added.
“We did not just arrive at this point because of sentiment, but it was after a serious consideration of issues in Nigeria in collaboration with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Afenifere and the Niger Delta Forum, among other socio-cultural groups in the country.
“We believe in the zoning which we started in 1999 that produced the President from the South West. It is good for us because of the issue of equity, justice and fairness.
According to him, “This time around, we have a President from the North and by 2023 Buhari would have spent 8 years, and it is the turn of the South.”
The LP presidential candidate, Obi, asked Nigerians in his remarks to pray for a peaceful election and promised to provide security to keep Nigerians safe.
We want to let you know that taking back Nigeria in 2023 is up to you.
“As we begin the campaign today, I ask that you pray for Nigeria, for a peaceful election, and for a free and fair election because the suffering is too great.
“Now that the campaigns have begun, they will come to split your money, that money is your own and that is why you are hungry, there is no food, there is no security, and there is no employment,” he claimed.
But we can assure you that we’re coming to Nigeria to fight hunger and offer security.
The period of making excuses and playing the blame game is over, he informed the crowd, and if they are elected into office in 2023, they will match words with action.
Prophet Isa El-Buba, the convener of the Initiative for Better and Brighter Nigeria (IBBN), exhorted the populace in his speech to vote for Peter Obi in order to reclaim their inheritance and to reject those who had made significant sacrifices with their blood and wealth.
Peter Obi will organize support from the Middle Belt and the North, he said, thus he asked the populace to cast their PVCs in large numbers.