Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has advised the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and other leaders of the party to desist from visiting those who destroyed Nigeria if they seek to rule the country.
He said this during the Labour Party National Retreat held in Abuja yesterday.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria opined that the party won’t be able to seize power by adopting such methods, saying that would not mobilize the Nigerian people.
His words: “I was very reluctant to come here today. Because as Fidel Castro once did, he went to America and they asked him to speak, he said, I don’t want to annoy a powerful enemy in his own territory, let me challenge the leaders of the Labour Party. You are not going to get power in Nigeria by adopting the methods of the bourgeois. If you want to mobilize the Nigerian people, you must go beyond visiting those who destroyed Nigeria.”
Falana advised them that they should rather go visiting Labour, youths, women and other unions, stressing that they are the real voters unlike those whose only interest is to looting the resources of the country.
Falana also said that ‘the man’ in Aso Rock and ‘those’ rooting to succeed him are tired.
“The man in Aso Rock said I am tired and I want to go home. Those who want to take power are also tired. Power lies in the street now.”
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) noted that Nigerians have lost faith in the current government, adding that it won’t be business as usual during the 2023 elections.
He charged the youths not to cower to intimidation, saying power lies in their votes.
He claimed that the opposition party would want to engage in vote buying, noting that they have weaponized poverty in order to achieve the strategy.
Falana called on Labour Party members not to operate on such terrain, stressing how they have the largest structure in the land in terms of people.
He said, “And what do they want to do? They want to bribe voters because they have weaponized poverty. Therefore, you cannot operate on the same terrain. You have the largest structures in Nigeria. Please go out today to revitalize those structures.