The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has described other aspirants as dishonest people who would not fulfil their promises if elected.
Mr Tinubu, who said this at the town hall meeting of the South-South region on Tuesday in Calabar, accused the candidates of insulting him without facts.
“Those who say they are running have no iota of honesty in them; they can’t keep to their promises; all they are interested in is to insult me, and yet, they don’t have facts,” Mr Tinubu said.
He added, “I am a wrestler, but I don’t wrestle with just anybody; my only concern is to move Nigeria forward.”
The candidate promised to conquer Nigeria’s poverty by deploying all the human and material resources to move Nigeria out of poverty.
The presidential candidate, who noted that education remained the greatest tool to fight poverty, said each state of the federation was blessed with abundant natural resources, all of which would be deployed to change the country’s fortune.
“My quest to progressively drive Nigeria forward is the only reason I am running; no other person is running with me,” Mr Tinubu said.
The former Lagos governor decried the country’s slow pace of growth and development, adding that his administration would turn around the country’s fortune.
He promised to unite Nigerians to ensure steady growth and progress.
“Moving Nigeria forward is a task that must be done, and anger, division, and breaking apart will not solve it; it can only be achieved by being together.
“Let us conquer hunger rather than allowing hunger to conquer us. So, let’s come together and make great wealth for the nation and our people,” he said.
The presidential candidate said that Cross River had the potential to be the tourism hub of Africa.
Earlier, Governor Ben Ayade stressed the need for the country to go back to agriculture if the desire to conquer hunger must be achieved.
Mr Ayade expressed regret that Nigeria had not attained its full potential with its vast land, particularly in agriculture.
“It is a pity that we are just using our huge cocoa to import poverty because we don’t have the industry to add value to the produce.
“The same with our huge bitumen deposit because we import bitumen used for road construction.
“This is why I say that Tinubu is being summoned by God to come and change Nigeria’s narrative.
“He did it in Lagos when he conquered the Atlantic Ocean. He also did many other great things in the state, and I am optimistic that he will replicate the same in Nigeria if elected president,” the governor stated.