In the wake of criticism levelled against former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, over his trip to Egypt barely few days to Ekiti gubernatorial election, former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, has justified the trip, saying it was meant to provide lasting solutions to Nigeria’s energy problem.
Doyin, via his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday, scoffed at Nigerians for stressing that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) ought to be around ahead of election on Saturday.
Obi had yesterday announced his trip to Egypt to continue his comparative study of economy, education and others between Nigeria and Egypt.
Following his announcement, Nigerians, especially political analysts such as Deji Adeyanju and Aisha Yesufu, condemned the trip, adding that the presidential candidate was supposed to prepare for the forthcoming elections.
Reacting, Doyin Okupe said the trip was necessary to solve the Nigeria’s multilayered problems including the perpetual energy crisis.
He added that the trip had been planned earlier before the primaries conducted across the country few weeks ago.
The tweets read: “Peter Obi’s trip has been scheduled previously, even before primaries. His mission principally is to see the plants installed by Siemens, which double the generating capacity of Egypt in four years. To hold talks directly with the coy on what will be feasible for Nigeria at what cost?
“Going to Egypt to seek a permanent solution to our crippling energy crisis is a more rewarding move more than going to a rally in Ekiti, in an election which are obviously ill-prepared for and where we will compete against well-entrenched and incumbent establishment parties.”
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: How N70m road construction created more hardship for Sokoto residents
“To address recurrent accidents on Gagi to Gidan Dilo road and Fakon Idi roads, in Sokoto State, the Federal Government,...
INVESTIGATION: Inside Kwara school where students are used as labour on teachers’ private farms
In this report, SHEREEFDEEN AHMAD uncovered how young students in Kwara State, Nigeria, are being used for labour work on...
INVESTIGATION: How Kano SUBEB awarded contracts to inactive contractors, non-existent schools
In an effort to address issues hindering quality education, the Kano State Government in 2020 awarded N88,406,667.10 for the construction...
SPECIAL REPORT: Hike in gas price forces more Nigerians to use coal, sawdust, as smoke kills 93,300 yearly
In the build-up to the 27th Conference of Party (COP 27), Nigeria recently launched its energy transition plan (ETP) as one of...
INVESTIGATION: How roadside foods endanger consumers’ life with trans fat in northern Nigeria
With an estimated 854,000 deaths in Nigeria, and 3,229 attributed to trans fatty acids (TFA) -related cardiovascular deaths, ADESOLA IKULAJOLU visited Nigeria’s...