2023: Peter Obi emerges Presidential Candidate for Labour Party
Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has emerged as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
Mr Obi clinched the ticket when he arrived in the Labour Party’s Convention and presidential primary held in Asaba, Delta State.
Professor Pat Utomi, another presidential aspirant, stepped down for Mr. Obi at the convention. He announced that Mr. Obi was a younger aspirant with the capacity to effect a change in Nigeria.
Also, another aspirant, Joseph Faduri, stepped down for the former governor.
Obi, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, resigned from the PDP and also withdrew from the presidential race on the platform of the party on May 25.
He announced his resignation in a letter titled “Resignation From PDP and Withdrawal from the Presidential Contest”, addressed to the PDP National Chairman, dated May 24.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, was also the party’s running mate to PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the 2015 presidential election. Until his resignation, he was one of the 15 aspirants who vied for the presidential ticket of the PDP.
The Director-General of Obi Campaign Organisation, Dr Doyin Okupe, said that Mr. Obi wasn’t desperate to become the President of Nigeria but to offer solutions to problems.
Okupe, who was Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senior Special Assistant on Presidential Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, had said,
“Recall that the former Governor Peter Obi has repeatedly stated that he’s not desperate to be President,
“He is desperate to cause a change and redirection. Change the way the government of Nigeria is being run. It is for this reason.
“Also, to offer solutions to the various problems of Nigeria.
“According to his letter, various developments in the PDP made it impossible for him to find the full expression of his desire on that platform.
“However, all hope isn’t lost. I can say on his behalf that Nigerians must not give up. We must never give up.”