Watch: Nigerian presidential candidate Peter Obi on his plans to transform Nigeria’s economy
In a recent interview, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Nigerian National Democratic Alliance (NADO), said his party will implement an economic transformation program. Mr. Obi says the program involves the implementation of foreign direct investment into the Nigerian economy as well as increasing the share of public private partnerships in the economy.
“I would like to invite people to watch the interview with Peter Obi after his speech at the International Conference on Public Private Partnerships and Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development at the New York University. He was also the keynote speaker at the Nigeria Economic Summit in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.”
This is the second interview with Peter Obi by PEW. Here you can see the full transcript of the interview.
(Note: At the end of the interview, there is an invitation to subscribe to a YouTube video that can be viewed here.)
PEW: Thank you for taking some time to speak with me. Peter Obi has a long political career and now he is one of the presidential candidates in Nigeria’s ongoing presidential election. The former Alliance for Democracy secretary, who is of Igbo origin, has been leading the opposition to the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. He represents an ethnic group that has been marginalized in Nigeria for over 100 years, and is a member of the All Progressives Congress party.
Peter, I’m very interested in your political career, and especially in coming from Lagos, which is the city that is currently in the presidential election. I’m wondering whether you have ever tried to get elected to the United Nigeria People’s (UNP).
OBI: I have been in the opposition for the past three decades. I have been campaigning for a long time before that. I was a member of the New Patriotic Party and I tried to get voted on in the country, but they did not allow me to become a member. I am the first African candidate to contest in the Nigerian Elections.
PEW: In 2004, Peter Obi lost to the current president of Nigeria, Umaru Yar’Adua, for the position of secretary of the National Assembly, and he was replaced with a member of the All Progressives Congress who was a member of the National Democratic Congress party. So,