Obi, deputy absent as Labour Party unveils 1,234 presidential campaign council members

By our reporter| Ahead of the 2023 presidential elections, the Labour Party on Wednesday released the list of its Presidential Campaign Council list consisting of 1,234 members.

The presidential candidate of the party, Peter Obi and his deputy, Baba Datti-Ahmed were noticeably absent at the press briefing where the list was unveiled.

However, while the event was ongoing, Obi explained he was attending the 52nd Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) conference via a tweet.

“I just arrived at the 52nd ICAN Annual Accountants Conference. -PO,” the former governor of Anambra wrote.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Doyin Okupe, director-general of the campaign council, said the processes through which Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar emerged as presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are “dishonourable” and “flawed”.

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“In all honesty, these errors of selfish and opportunistic political manipulation are not only short-sighted and dangerous, but strike at the very heart of Nigeria’s peaceful coexistence, and in fact the very survival of the nation as an entity,” Okupe said.

“And that is why, in response to this affront to good judgement, more than at any time in our history, our country is today witnessing her hottest, fiercest and most dynamic citizen-led political experience, spearheaded largely by the youth population.

The director-general of the LP campaign described the ‘Obidient’ movement as organic.

“At this juncture, for the avoidance of doubt, let me state here clearly that our party, the Labour Party, as well as the Obi-Datti presidential ticket of the party, have not spent a kobo to organise, influence, or secure the massive following and support we have been getting from the Obidient Movement to date,” he added.

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