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Okowa Begs Obasanjo To ‘Help’ Nigeria, Opens Up On 2023 Presidential Ambition



Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

TrackNews athered the two leaders met at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse and discussed ways to make Nigeria better.

During the visit, Okowa was quoted to have said Nigeria and Nigerians need the expertise of the former President as the situation in the country is getting unbearable and he has come to discuss with Chief Obasanjo on the way forward.

The Delta Governor also took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled federal government, saying it is obvious the government can’t be left alone in finding solutions to the challenges facing the country, particularly on insecurity and economy.

Shedding more light on what the two leaders discussed, the special assistant to Obasanjo on media, Kehinde Akinyemi, revealed that Okowa called for all hands to be on deck in salvaging the country.

The Governor was quoted as saying the challenges facing Nigeria at the moment “has the capacity to destroy our economy, which is not in our best interest.”

He added that “it’s time we all have hands on deck to be able to find solutions.

“The APC run government cannot alone be able to deal with it and they need to find a wide and far-reaching consultation, not with those in government alone, but, all stakeholders, particularly those who have been part of running this country before and now, including even religious leaders we need to sit together and discuss the way forward.”

On his interest in joining the race for the 2023 presidency, Governor Okowa revealed he is yet to make up his mind and is more focused on finding solutions to the challenges rocking the nation at the moment.

“Finding solutions to the nation’s problems is more important than the Presidential race for him,” the statement quoted him as saying.

He added that, “As of today, I have not made up my mind. The important thing is not about myself, it is about the nation, Nigeria. The future of hope. What level of consensus can we build in order to achieve our dream? Our dream is to see Nigeria begin to have an improvement in our security and in the level of economy. These are some things we have not achieved at the moment.

“The country is so stressed, so much stress in the land. So much unemployment, so much inflation and unfortunately the things that unite us are badly threatened and we cannot even be sure of tomorrow. These are the things we must discuss. We must all come together to stop this tide of drift at the moment, that is the type of things we should be more concerned about.”

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