I will prioritise poverty reduction, employment opportunities if elected – Obi

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Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State and a presidential aspirant for the 2023 general elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said he will prioritise poverty reduction through tackling unemployment if elected.

Obi stated this at a meeting with the PDP stakeholders and delegates from Sokoto and Zamfara states on Thursday at the party Secretariat in Sokoto.

The former Governor declared that he could fix Nigeria’s political and socio-economic challenges.

He said Nigerians needed to make informed decisions that would produce a president with the capacity to fix the socio-economic and political challenges bedevilling the country.

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“I served as the Governor of Anambra State for eight years. I built stronger institutions in the state, promising to replicate such as president of the country when elected.

”I was the Vice Presidential candidate with Atiku Abubakar on the platform of PDP in 2019, and I leveraged on his experience as a captain with focus, integrity, tested resource management skills and contentment to achieve the feat.

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”A society will work only if people pursue the cause with strong determination,” Obi said.

He noted that Nigeria had potentialities and human resources that, if maximally exploited, would ensure strong economic and social institutions, as obtained in other developed nations.

According to him, his administration implemented policies that catered for workers’ salaries, pensions and gratuity payments.

The presidential aspirant added that he did not leave outstanding contract payments.

He stressed that tackling unemployment and ensuring more vital institutions would eliminate security challenges and facilitate rapid development.

Earlier, the Sokoto State Deputy Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Zaki Bishiri, welcomed Obi to the state, describing him as an astute economist capable of transforming the nation’s challenges in recognition of his experience.

Bishiri assured delegates’ support toward party success in future elections.

He said Obi was among the few individuals that would shape Nigeria and strengthen the nation’s potential.