By Ononye VC
The Vice-Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, has argued that those who predicate leadership positions on ethnicity and religious backgrounds, rather than competence and capacity, are only promoting inefficiency and failure in the country.
Obi, while addressing the Press in Agulu, after his meeting with the Envoy from British High Commission, led by Head of the Political Desk, Aneesah Islam, said that the continued recruitment of people for leadership positions, on any basis other than merit, will only continue to produce a crop of incompetent leaders who are not capable of developing the nation. He expressed his support for zoning of some political offices to ensure fairness and equity, arguing that each zone has competent people capable of developing the nation.
He stated that Nigeria has continued to go from bad to worse due to the failure of leadership in the country. In his words: “Insecurity and criminality have worsened under this administration. Nigeria is more divided today than it has ever been. Mediocrity is now celebrated above meritocracy. The standard of living is worsening every day, with soaring inflation and poverty rate. All these are happening because we have leaders who gained access to power through ethnic and religious sentiments rather than competence and past records of success.
Obi also condemned what he described as ‘transactional politics’ in Nigeria, which manifests more during elections. He said that the undesirable culture of vote buying and other electoral vices, that play out during elections, must be stamped out in future elections, if true democracy will find its place in the country.
He finally urged the people to always shop for leaders with proven track records of success in private and public lives, who understand what it takes to develop the nation.