June 14, 2024

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Peter Obi, LP chiefs scour states to market ‘New Nigeria’

LABOUR Party (LP) presidential candidate in Nigeria’s vexatious 2023 general elections Peter Obi, LP national chairman Julius Abure, and former national president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olumide Akpata, among others, are spending the week criss-crossing states where gov’ship and other elections are holding this September and November 11, 2023.

They are principally propagating the Peter Obi achievable of a “New Nigeria.”

In Benin-City, Edo State on Monday, the trio urged Edo people to come out en masse to vote for the candidates vying for the chairmanship seats of the 18 local government areas of Edo State.

In Owerri on Tuesday, Peter Obi said he was confident the LP governorship candidate Sen. Athan Achonu would win the November 11 election because the man was the epitome of “performance.”

The trio gave their advice to the Edo State electorate during the state LP mega rally for local government elections ahead of the council poll slated for September 3, 2023. They explained that the local government is the fulcrum for the growth of any society.

Speaking at the rally, Obi noted that development is domiciled in local government areas especially in health and education sectors, hence the need for those in authority to prioritize these areas to drive growth in grassroots.

The former Anambra State governor, who dwelt on how political office holders woo the electorate but end up not meeting expectations, said the time for unfulfilled promises are over.

He urged the chairmanship and councillorship aspirants to deliver on their promises to their people when they emerge victorious. Obi, however, lamented the prevailing situation confronting Nigerians, urging those presiding over the affairs to account for public money, do the right things for the interest of the citizenry and pull people out of poverty.

LP national chairman Julius Abure, on his part, urged Edo Gov. Godwin Obaseki to ensure the election is free, fair and credible. And Olumide Akpata, former NBA president, in his remarks, expressed confidence that Labour Party would triumph in the forthcoming council election.

“We are not going to wallow in the presumptions that things must be done in a certain way. The right thing must be done: we are confident; the people are ready and they will not accept anything less than transparency.”

Akpata spoke on why he joined the Labour Party: “I am a Nigerian who is interested in what our nation looks like. I am interested in the betterment of our country. The only way you can express whatever it is to contribute to the improvement of the nation is by joining a party. I have chosen the Labour Party and there is no other option.”

In Owerri on Tuesday, Peter Obi expressed confidence his party would win the November 11 gubernatorial election in Imo State. He pronounced Sen. Athan Achonu the only guber candidate of the party as he pointed out that the process that produced him was credible.

Obi spoke in Owerri at the flag-off of the gubernatorial campaign, saying the LP is known for performance and excellence.

Using Abia State which the LP snatched from the PDP after 24 years as an example of good governance, since the emergence of Dr. Alex Otti, Obi said the people of Abia State were witnessing good governance because a ”first-class brain” who knows what he was doing is now the governor of the state.

As for Imo he described Achonu as the only governorship candidate of the party in Imo State, and Julius Abure, as the only recognised and authentic national chairman of the party. Obi urged the people of Imo State to come out en mass and vote Achonu on November 11.

“Abure is the national chairman of our party. We don’t have another chairman. LP will win Imo State. Achonu is the only candidate of the party and he is the best in Imo State. I am happy nobody has changed the process. I believe in process.

“LP wants to change Nigeria. We are asking Nigeria for the opportunity. Give us chance in Nigeria, there would be change. In Abia State today there is hope, that is what is called governance.

“We want Nigeria to have leaders that will do want they preach. We know what it takes to change Nigeria. That is why we are here. We know what it takes to change Imo. In Abia today, there is hope that is what is called governance. Achonu emerged through the right process. Vote for LP and things will start happening.”

Gov. Otti said at the event that he was chairman of the panel that conducted the primary election that produced Achonu as the governorship candidate of LP in the state. In urging the people of the state to vote for Achonu, the Abia governor said that he was not even up to one 100 days in office and good things were already happening in the state.

“Distinguished Sen. Athan Achonu is the only governorship candidate of the party. I was the chairman of the panel that conducted the primary election which produced him as the winner of the election. I am here to bear testimony that he is our candidate for the November 11 governorship election in Imo State.”

LP national chairman Abure also said he was confident that LP would form the next government in the state and said both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had failed Nigerians and the people of the state in particular.

“We will change the economic narratives of Imo State. Athan Achonu is the only governorship candidate of Labour Party in Imo State.”

Take note, he said, “LP is founded on integrity, performance. PDP and APC have failed. We have tried PDP and APC and they failed. Their results are insecurity, poverty and infrastructure decay. Labour Party has come to change the narratives. Vote Athan Achonu, vote LP come November 11.