Dr. Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State, today May 30, 2022, emerged as the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
Obi emerged as the presidential candidate after Prof. Pat Utomi and Joseph Faduri stepped down for him.
The primary was held in Asaba, Delta State.
Utomi explained that Obi was younger and had the capability to effect the needed change that the country so much desired.
It will be recalled that Obi had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party before last Saturday’s presidential primary at Eagle Square.
In the letter to PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, Obi explained that he had resigned from the party in his Agulu Ward 1, Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Obi said it had been a great honour to contribute to nation building effort through the PDP, but lamented unhealthy development in the party which made him to 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.
In his acceptance speech, Obi made profound statements about the health of the Nigerian nation. He urged everyone to return Nigeria to their rightful owners.
“History beckons. Nigerians remain hopeful for a national rebirth, which implies returning Nigeria to Nigerians; farmers, teachers and students, lecturers, artisans, workers, pensioners and over a hundred million poor Nigerians who are not sure where their next meal will come from.
“Therefore, what you are doing today is a patriotic duty towards seeking the desired political emancipation of our dear country, which stands wounded by many years of cumulative leadership failure.
“Painfully, our current dysfunctional system rewards unearned income and conspicuous consumption; allows university lecturers to remain on strike for months; keep our youths at home; and owe pensioners, who gave their patriotic sweat and their youthful energy to serve this country.”
The LP presidential flagbearer gave knock to PDP presidential aspirant as well.
“The despicable contrast is that those responsible for the mess -those elected to take care of them – have abandoned the national currency and are living in opulence and like kings, spend dollars to buy delegates as well as houses all over the world. Meanwhile, they owe most workers, lecturers and retirees.”
He also called on the critical sectors to join in the struggle to rescue Nigeria.
“I note with humility that the journey is going to be a collective one that will certainly require the cooperation of critical stakeholders in our country, especially the youth, whose future has been thoroughly degraded.” Obi said!
“I hardly use war metaphors for political analysis due to my belief that politics is not adversarial and not war.
“However permit me a little indulgence here, to relate what we are embarking on to the ancient battle of Thermopylae, where the Greek forces, conscious of fighting for the life of Greece held on against great odds in the defence of their country.
“In the battle to re-take Nigerian, the odds are great and seemingly insurmountable, but with our commitment, patriotism and understanding that we are doing, what we are supposed to do for our country, lest she shall die, we shall move on discontent with what is and focused on enthroning what ought to be.
“In doing this, our battle cry shall remain: get your PVC and become part of this great libration!” The former governor reassured.