Peter Obi of Labour Party (file photo)
‘It is disappointing that some elements within the PDP are spreading false rumours and engaging in underhanded tactics rather than focusing on a fair and open contest of ideas’
By Valentine Amanze
The Special Adviser to Peter Obi on Technology and Strategic Alliances and a 2021 Anambra Governorship candidate, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, has denied Labour Party’s (LP) involvement in a meeting aimed at aligning with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in the forthcoming presidential election.
Ozigbo was reacting to a report that key officials of the Labour Party’s Presidential Campaign Council met on Monday at a top hotel in Abuja to discuss aligning with the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, in the upcoming presidential election.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, January 24, 2022, Ozigbo described the story as false and aimed at derailing the massive momentum of Obidients across Nigeria and worldwide who are rooting for a Peter Obi Presidency.
His words: “The claims reported on a faceless online medium are completely false and without any basis. The Labour Party is fully committed to supporting its presidential candidate, His Excellency Peter Obi, and his vision for leading Nigeria out of its current travails.
“We firmly believe that Peter Obi is the best candidate for the presidency, with a track record of solid leadership and a clear plan for addressing the significant challenges facing our country.
“Mr Peter Obi has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of the needs of the Nigerian people and has the experience and expertise needed to implement effective policies and bring about real change.
“It is disappointing that some elements within the PDP are spreading false rumours and engaging in underhanded tactics rather than focusing on a fair and open contest of ideas. This unprofessional conduct indicates their fear of fair competition and lack of confidence in their own candidate’s abilities.”
On the likelihood of any candidate stepping down for the other, Ozigbo maintained that while he would not wish to join issues with either the Atiku or Tinubu campaigns, who were circulating the falsehood, he would also not disrupt the current brickbats between the APC and PDP over allegations and counter allegations of corruption between them.
Ozigbo said that he believes that for Nigeria to have a clean break from its ugly past, those alleged to be culpable in undermining Nigeria’s progress and the prosperity of the people may consider it needful to step aside for Peter Obi in the best interest of Nigeria’s future.
“In a civilized setting, and given the towering credentials and acceptability of Peter Obi, the wise thing for Atiku and Tinubu to do would have been to allow Peter Obi to go unopposed by honourably stepping down. But if they insist on continuing, they should be ready to accept their fate at the polls,” Ozigbo added.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Obi remains the frontrunner in this 2023 race. His two main rivals continue to trail him in the pre-election polls. He is winning with all major demographic across Nigeria in every single poll conducted, even those commissioned by APC and PDP.
“Peter Obi is an enigma, a truly inspirational leader, who has the backing of the Nigerian youth and all Nigerians who love our country and wish for the best.
“We will not be distracted by fake news and will continue to work tirelessly to promote Peter Obi’s candidacy and his plans for a better Nigeria.
“We call on all supporters of the Labour Party and all Nigerians to remain steadfast in this effort and reject the PDP’s efforts to subvert the democratic process and derail our pathway to the Presidency,” Ozigbo said.