Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, the Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and running mate to former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, has hit back at Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his comments.
Earlier, Mr Okowa had, in an interview with BBC pidgin, said that Obi had “small experience to lead Nigeria.”
However, speaking Monday on Channels Television Politics Today, Mr Yusuf has calmly berated the Delta State governor for “misreading what capacity is.
Yusuf also said that of the four candidates for the 2023 presidential elections, Mr Peter Obi has the best capacity to lead the most populous black nation.
“That is absolutely untrue. In fact, I beg you to show me anyone who has had more experience in leadership in the 2023 contest,” said Yusuf.
“And by that contest,” he continued, “I mean the candidates that we have now, the four leading candidates. I fail to see anyone that has even come close to his Excellency, Governor Peter Obi.”
“The world is now a stage where we need private sector experience, and among all of them, no one has as much private sector business sense, prudence, frugality, ability to manage persons, communities, interest groups; none of the other three has as much.
“I have reached a stage now where I’ll just overlook and avoid calling names of any other candidates [Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar, and Rabiu Kwankwaso] because Nigerians are already seeing and speaking. The senate is already in impeachment mode. My case has been made, and if others are saying what I used to say four years ago, I think I can move you to more important things,” said Mr Yusuf.
He said Obi’s resume proves he has the experience required to lead the nation.
“And that comment is very unfair, and I’ll like to think that very soon, the maker of that comment will have to retract because it shows that he has no idea of what capacity is,” he said.
Baba-Ahmed also said he didn’t expect Okowa to make such comments.
“So, the gentleman, my colleague, apparently we were in the senate together. We went to the senate together with Governor Okowa, we used to sit not too far together, and I have a lot of respect for him So, I least expect him to misread what capacity is,” he said.