During an interview with Channels Television on August 30, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, shared his perspective on the outcome of the February 25, 2023 poll, emphasizing the significance of candidate quality in the election. He remarked that had Peter Obi, the flag bearer of the Labour Party (LP), possessed greater qualifications as a candidate, the Nigerian population would likely have chosen him as their preferred option.
Wike’s observations came within the context of discussing the current economic challenges being confronted by Nigerians following the assumption of office by the new administration. Expressing his insights, he highlighted that he had rarely witnessed a nation where citizens held the expectation of witnessing miraculous and instantaneous transformations. Wike advocated for patience among the populace.
Pressed further on whether Peter Obi could have more adeptly managed the crucial economic issues facing Nigeria, especially in comparison to the potential actions of another prominent candidate, Tinubu, Wike indicated that he no longer engages in conversations centered around presidential candidates.
In essence, Nyesom Wike’s assertion underscored the pivotal role of candidate competence and suitability in shaping electoral outcomes. He pointed out the potential impact of Peter Obi’s candidacy in the recent election and also offered a perspective on the populace’s anticipation of swift resolutions to complex economic issues. Furthermore, Wike alluded to his abstention from discussing particular candidates, indicating a shift in his discourse.
“I don’t want to discuss social media issue,” the FCT minister said. “I don’t discuss about presidential candidate any longer; I discuss about the economy, the President, what he has to offer. If he (Obi) would have been better, Nigerians would have voted for him.” he said