The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at his palace on Tuesday played host to the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
It is reported that the former Governor of Anambra State and some party stakeholders yesterday visited the palace of the renowned Yoruba monarch. The visitation is considered as part of consultations for his 2023 presidential ambition.
Speaking at the reception, the Ooni of Ife said he is elated that the presidential hopeful has made youth development the thrust of his agenda.
The monarch stressed that any society seeking progress must prioritise youth development and capacity building. “Right from my first day as the Ooni, I openly dedicated this revered throne to the youth population and I have been matching the promise up with actions in form of programmes and several initiatives geared towards empowering our youths because they are our future.
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“I am glad that you recognise that fact and I pray that God Almighty grants your heart desires,” the Ooni of Ife said.
In his remarks earlier, Obi expressed gratitude to the monarch for the warm reception at his exalted palace.
Speaking further, the presidential hopeful urged the electorate to see beyond religious and tribal sentiments while choosing the next leaders for the country in 2023.
Obi who lamented the current state of the nation advised Nigerians to choose wisely in the forthcoming election, the best leader that will deal with those challenges.
“To the Nigerian youths, it is now your turn to take this country from them, choose the right leader that would take the country to the promised land. Nobody is entitled to take it from you, if they give you money, take it, they are only paying part of their debt.
“Nobody should vote for me because I am an Igbo man, south-easterner or because of my religion. There is no tribe where people are eating free food, buying bread cheaper or exempted from the excruciating hardship currently being experienced in the land.”