May 30, (THEWILL) – Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has emerged as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party of Nigeria for the 2023 general elections.
Obi emerged after a keen contest with Olushola Emmanuel-Tella in a presidential primary exercise, held Monday at Orchid Hotel, Asaba, Delta State.
Obi’s Campaign Director, Doyin Okupe, in a tweet wrote, ”Peter Obi wins Labour Party Primaries. Three other aspirants including Prof. Pat Utomi, withdrew for Peter Obi. However, voting commenced because the 4th aspirant, Mrs Olushola Emmanuel-Tella, stood her grounds as a contestant.”
Earlier, two frontline aspirants, Professor Pat Utomi and Joseph Faduri, stepped down to endorse the former presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Prof. Utomi, a political economist and management expert, announced that he was stepping down for the former Anambra State governor at the party’s presidential primary.
Utomi had said Obi was younger than him and had the capability to effect the needed change that the country so much desired.
“Obi must be given the opportunity to govern this country”, Utomi said.
Obi, who resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, had announced his switch to Labour Party on Friday evening, urging Nigerians, particularly the youth, to join him in his new political party.
He announced his withdrawal from PDP in a letter to the National Chairman of PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu.
In the letter, Obi said he was writing to inform Ayu of his resignation from the PDP, which he had already conveyed to the chairman of PDP, Agulu Ward 1, Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Obi said it had been a great honour to contribute to the nation building effort through the PDP, but lamented unhealthy development in the party which made him quit.
“Unfortunately, recent development within our party makes it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions.
“Our national challenges are deep-seated and require that we each make profound sacrifices towards rescuing our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm even if the mode differs”, Obi had said.