Veteran actor, Tony Umez, has endorsed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, for the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
Tony disclosed this during an interview with the BBC on Monday. Umez stated that his decision to support Peter Obi stemmed from the fact the Obi has always said the rights coupled with the fact that his antecedents speaks for him.
He also descried a situation where some people have assumed that leadership is their birthright, and maintained that that kind of thinking is the reason Nigeria is not developing despite the fact that she is blessed with abundant natural and mineral resources.
He said, “Some think it’s their birthright to rule. I don’t know where that [came from]. If I would vote tomorrow, I’d vote for Peter Obi.
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“I’m not saying he’s a good man. But he’s saying the right things and has done the right things.
“There is much rage right now. Nigeria is blessed with great human and natural resources but we’ve not been blessed with good leadership.
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“The young ones are angry about how things turned out.
“There are some people that have been thrown up that I feel are not credible enough to rule us.
“Poverty has been so weaponised, people sell their votes. I think if you’re part of a problem, you can’t be part of the solution.”
Umez lamented a situation where some people hijack political positions and refuse to step down even though they are not capable.
“The people you saw when you were much younger are still same people in leadership today; there’s this sit-tight-ism in Africa.
“How do you grade a government? Education, transportation, and security.
”Looking at this present government by all these indices, how would you grade this government? For me, sub-zero.
“Maybe they’ve done some things. But whatever you do that doesn’t impact positively on the citizenry, it’s nonsense. People in government have nothing to fall back on, that’s why they sit tight in power.
“You ask someone what they do for a living, and they say they are a politician. Is that a job?, It’s a call to service.
“But for these guys, that’s where they earn a living. People steal with impunity, and there’s no integrity among our leaders,” he added.