The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has just declared in a Facebook post that he and his party are ready to do whatever it takes to take power from the All Progressives Congress in next year's presidential election.
The former governor of Anambra State said this has become necessary to save Nigeria from the current economic and security crises the ruling party has plagued the country with.
"From where I stand, I dare to proclaim that Nigeria's Democracy Must Survive! The new alliance we seek is between Nigerian youths, the Labour Party, which represents Nigerian workers, and Like Minds. Collectively, it is an alliance of the #OBIdients," he said
"Going forward, we must look for ways to move Nigeria beyond oil. We must end this criminality called 'oil subsidy.' Nigeria today is vastly polarised and wrecked by divisions that run deep along religious, ethnic and regional lines."
Obi lamented the high level of corruption under the APC and the government's failure to tackle pressing needs, including the ongoing strike by university lecturers that has lingered for over five months. He also declared the strategy his administration would deploy to solve the problems.
"There is a staggering level of corruption. Our universities have remained closed for over five months. While our healthcare system remains comatose, power generation and distribution are also at an all-time low," he said.
"After we win the 2023 elections, we intend to use the instruments of job creation and regenerative investments to drastically reduce the high incidence of insecurity and poverty while moving the economy from the consumptive to the productive mode.
"Undoubtedly, the greatest challenge we face beyond bad leadership is lack of elite consensus. But, let us not forget Dante Alighieri's admonition that 'The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.'"
The businessman turned politician said contrary to insinuations that his party has no structure to prosecute next year's election, the millions of Nigerians praying and hoping every day for a better Nigeria are his structures.
"History must serve as a tool in our decision-making. The implosion of Nigeria has long been forecasted. [The] year 2023 could be a tipping point in the annals of our history. But that must not happen, even as the options before the electorate seem stark.
"Finally, our structure is everyone seated in this hall today! Yes, we have structure and are ready to move mountains to save Nigeria."