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Why I’m not quitting LP, by Obi

Peter Obi donating borehole to the Tike Ram Market in Pantami, Gombe, Gombe State, on Sunday April 7, 2024.

Obi: ‘No, there is no such thing as leaving the Labour Party. I am for peace; I like peace’

By Valentine Amanze

Despite the leadership crisis rocking the Labour Party (LP), its Presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, Mr. Peter Obi, has assured that he would not quit; but assist in resolving the matter.

Obi gave the assurance after inaugurating a borehole he donated to Tike Ram Market in Pantami, Gombe, Gombe State, on Sunday April 7, 2024.

This came on the heels of the speculation that Obi was planning to quit the LP over the lingering leadership dispute.

He expressed optimism that the LP would resolve its challenges and forge ahead as one family.

Obi’s words: “No, there is no such thing as leaving the Labour Party. I am for peace; I like peace. I believe we are one people.

“Our concentration should be on peace and I believe that we will resolve all situations.”

On the rumoured running for the 2027 presidency with  former Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Obi said:  “Well, I’m more interested now in Nigeria’s success today than tomorrow.

“We are always concentrating on the election rather than what Nigerians are going through.

“My commitment is about Nigerians living in a better society, given a better life and that’s my concern,” he said.

On why he donated the borehole, the former governor of Anambra State said that he had been going round in the spirit of the Ramadan to support Nigerians, especially the poor; to help cushion the impact of the current challenges.

“I’m here in Gombe and I came to Pantami market to help them in area of water supply that is the borehole I just inaugurated.

“You can see the business here, all the rams and everything here but they don’t have water.

“We will support some individuals which we will do remotely and send them some little money. About 100, that will be done.”

Also read: Why Obi visited  Onitsha Mosque

Obi was reacting to speculations that he was shopping for  another political platform despite  being guaranteed the LP 2027 presidential ticket at its convention.

Recall that the NLC spokesman, Benson Upah, on Sunday, said that the NLC would not  stand in the way of Obi, should he decide to defect to another political platform.

Upah said: “The right of choice is available to Mr Obi. If he chooses to leave the party, that is his preference.

“We can’t sit in judgment over him on that.

“But if he chooses to remain, of course, Peter Obi is an asset any day. I rest my case on that,” he said. valoa2000@yahoo.com

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