The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) and human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has stated that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is part of the old system he (Sowore) has always faulted.
Sowore, who spoke during an interview on Friday while featuring on Channels TV Politics Today programme, said that he would have been a better president than the former Heads of State, Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha, at the ages the dictators came to power.
The AAC candidate said, “I have been seeing myself as a better president; I said it that I would have been a better president at the age of 22 than the guy who was there at that time, the military leader Babangida or Abacha when I was in my twenties. I would have done a better job than anyone of them, I’m not saying it to brag but I knew it that I would have governed this country better than all these.
“What didn’t go right is the Nigerian factor as we like to call it; if in 2019, I was allowed to debate Buhari and Atiku on the national TV, there’s no way half of the country would not change their minds that night but I was excluded.
“If in 2019, I had the resources that we needed to reach as far as where we should go including sometimes security, you’re entitled to get security, we applied to the Nigerian police to provide; they did not provide us the security even though we travelled to 35 states.”
Sowore added that he was denied security because the Nigerian state is an oppressive state that was intolerant of its citizens.
When asked if Peter Obi was not a threat to him in the coming 2023 general elections, Sowore replied, “No, why will I see Peter Obi as a threat? Peter Obi is part of the old system that I have always faulted. I understand where he’s coming from. Nigerians want a change and some young people who are genuinely interested in change, different direction and then they are presented with somebody who works for the establishment; somebody who’s been in PDP, APGA, come back to PDP and Labour Party is not new to a rotten system; somebody who was eight years governor of a state; we can’t be emotional about it.
“He did not build any schools, industry, didn’t have a power station; he is not my kind of progressive. Anybody that has been in government for eight years and has nothing to show for it is not my right candidate.”
He stated further that the people had come to understand and wished they took his advice in 2019.
“I was the only candidate who participated in 2019 election that did not stop campaigning or advocacy, I engaged immediately after that election (2019)in a number of revolutionary activities which took me to Jail , I came out of it and was part of virtually every dedication and consultation of the citizenry to let them know the mistake they made in 2019.
“There were people who didn’t vote in 2019 who are now eligible to vote, we need to keep talking to them on these issues and make sure that we do not continue in this trajectory of failure that has become national mantra of Nigeria.”
He said it was time for Nigerians to take to make sure they were not shortchanged in the course of being citizens of the country.
Speaking on why he was charged for treason, Sowore said he was charged because he questioned the Nigerian government and asked for a revolution; and not because he did anything wrong but he was “wrong” in the perception of selfish Nigerian leaders.
He said his idea of revolution was liberation and freedom for the Nigerian people which included economic freedom, security freedom, right to education and right to free health and most importantly to restore the integrity of Nigerians.