The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has said that what he said about Tinubu and the alleged message from a Tinubu group was taken out of context. He said this while speaking during an interview with Chude Jideonwo. According to Peter Obi, he was only trying to make a point with the type of messages people send about him.
“Quite frankly is something people took out of context, I was just trying to explain to people, the type of messages people send. Why would people be sending a message that if I become president nobody would invest in Lagos, I will post the port of Lagos and everything.
Everybody knows that Lagos today as it is, the ports are congested so we need to develop new ports, new areas, we need to expand the business, Lagos is still our financial center.
People have abandoned their properties in Apapa because it’s become a mess, Apapa that used to be a reference place of living, people have abandoned it. So you need to open up all those things and opening them up is trying to decongest the port by having to open up new ports. I was trying to explain to a group of five or six people and I was taken out of context.”
Speaking further, he said that Tinubu is like a respected elder brother to him and he deserves to be respected because he’s in one way or another contributed to the nation in the past.
“He’s an elder brother of mine, I respect him for who he is and they have even in various times in their lives contributed in their own way in Nigeria. Everybody have contributed in one way or another in the past and they have to be respected and recognized in due time.”
He said that he was only trying to point out that people’s contribution in the past doesn’t mean that they would stay forever.
“We must have a situation whereby people have done their bid and then they move on and things move on. As Brazil is today, they recognize that Pele was sometimes a star, a fantastic footballer, but they’re not going to field him in today’s match.“