Real estate magnate and Chief Executive Officer of Interior Concept and Services Limited, Dr. Harry Ighodakpo, has lauded the choice of Peter Obi as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s running mate for the coming 2019 presidential election, hailing the combination as a recipe for growth.
Speaking with Vanguard at a business diner in Lagos last weekend, the Emevor, Delta State-born international businessman posited that what Nigeria needs now is to open his doors to the world and allow free enterprise, to drive foreign investments with a view to creating more jobs and eradicating poverty in the land, adding that the combination of Peter Obi and the Waziri Adamawa is just the needed vehicle to usher in an era of prosperity.
“We should endeavour to play politics of integration against politics of division which has become the order of the day now. I also believe Atiku’s selection of Peter Obi states the obvious; the gentle man is a believer in the concept of Nigeria and this is strongly rooted in his open mindedness and belief that we are one nation and not just a pack of idiots fooled into believing that the biggest problem in Nigeria is fighting corruption instead of nation building. Has Nigeria ever been as corrupt as Russia ? Why then has Russia not paused her development to fight corruption.
Modern day governance clearly indicates that corruption can be fought whilst nation growth is ongoing. Buhari has fought corruption to an enviable extent, now is the time for some other people to come and fight poverty. Fight against corruption, as good as it sounds, is not bringing food to the table. We need someone who can create wealth and eradicate poverty from our lands. This is something I firmly believe Atiku and Obi can do,” he said.
Continuing, he said “No country can grow without opening its doors to foreign investments both capital and labour and in this regard the current administration has failed woefully. I do not blame them but blame us Nigerians as a people who are moved to vote sentimentally without facts and proven track records of whom who we vote into office. Without any intent to be partisan I must categorically state that Atiku Abubakar is by far the best of the lot currently vying for the highest office in the land.
On a personal capacity I have been opportune to meet the renown statesman one on one and I am still in awe at the cheer business mind he has got. Nation building in my opinion is not about tearing down the established structures and institutions. Yes, for the country to be positioned for greatness the seed of corruption must be weeded out but this cannot be done in isolation. There must be a zeal, which this current administration lacks, to create constructive and reliable developmental strategies for the collective growth of Nigeria,”.
“Coming from the vast empire Mr Atiku has built for himself we need not question his credentials as he already comes loaded with the needed expertise in job creation and nation building ,” he added.
Ighodakpo shuttles between Lagos and Dubai because the core of his business, are in both two great cities. Already, he has initiated some mouth-watering tourism packages between Lagos and Dubai, believing he can sell Nigeria to Dubai just as United Arab Emirate has sold Dubai to the world.