Senator Dino Melaye has revealed that it is not time for Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to become the president of Nigeria.
In a video uploaded on his Facebook page on Friday, the former lawmaker who represented the Kogi West Senatorial District admitted that Obi has the potential to be president but must wait for his “time”.
Stating his reason, Melaye argued that Nigeria needs a unified and the country’s challenges are beyond reducing the cost of governance which he believes Obi’s campaign dwells upon.
Melaye further argued that the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, fits the bill more.
“By the grace of God he (Obi) has the potential of being the president in the nearest future. I celebrate you and I celebrate your movement for a new Nigeria. While I celebrate you, I want to advise you that your time is not now. You have to wait for your time.
“I have listened to your postulations, arguments, deliveries, and campaigns and I can say 90 per cent of your campaigns are dwelling on reducing the cost of governance,” Melaye said.
He said while the majority of the former Anambra State governor’s campaign dwells on reducing the cost of governance, Nigerian challenges were beyond just reducing the cost of governance.
“You are a great Nigerian and I salute your political and intellectual sagacity. You are one Nigerian that I know that tomorrow, there’s a space for you. But for today, let us forget the social media drama and Diaspora euphoria.
“The truth of the matter is that we need a unifier and a Nigerian than can solve the problem of insecurity and that will have intel from every security facet of our national life. We need a Nigerian that will get intel from Cameroon, Mali, Chad, Benin Republic and others.
“We need a Nigerian that has that capacity to solve the problem of Boko Haram, bandits, and others because he has intel from all the neighbouring countries and that Nigerian today is Atiku Abubakar,” Melaye said.