Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi has dared other 2023 flagbearers who fault his statistics about Nigeria.
The former Anambra governor spoke on Tuesday when he and the national leadership of the LP received Valentine Ozigbo.
Ozigbo, a business mogul, was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2021 Anambra governorship election.
Obi accused opponents and their supporters of picking holes in his figures without presenting their own side of arguments.
The ex-bank chief insists that data and information are important during political campaigns and in governance.
“Nigeria’s total export in 2021 was N18.9trillion. When people fault my figures, I tell them and other candidates to present theirs.
“Brazil is among the five biggest producers of food globally. They have developed agriculture, they are feeding themselves and exporting.
“People asked me how do we get the naira strong against the dollar. My answer remains moving Nigeria from consumption to production.
“What will give dollars is production, Nigeria is not a producing country. It is not natural resources or space that will generate money, it is the production capacity of the people.”
Obi further lamented Nigeria’s security challenges, disclosing that he had companies in Kano and regularly visited the locations.
“I used to drive to Kano, all over the country. But today, you really cannot do that because of the level of insecurity.
“We want to change that; we want to stop politics of sharing money, stealing and sending children to schools abroad”, he said.