- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje says APC is not bothered by the emergence of Peter Obi from the south-east
- Ganduje claims votes tally for the APC in the entire south-east for the party in past elections was inferior to returns from just a local government in Kano state
- Obi will fight next year’s election against APC’s Bola Tinubu, PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and host of other candidates
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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has dismissed the candidacy of Peter Obi of Labour Party.
The Kano state governor says Peter Obi running for the presidency as the candidate is a “good omen” for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ganduje disclosed this on Monday, November 21, during an interview with Channels Television.
Asked if the growing popularity of Obi may cause problems for the APC, the Kano governor said Obi as LP candidate will have little to no effect on the APC.
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“The effect of the emergence of Labour Party with Obi as the presidential candidate, I think it is a good omen for the APC because our major contender is the PDP. If you look at it, what is our political investment in the south-east? The votes (referring to one of the previous elections) we got from Nassarawa LGA in Kano metropolitan were much higher than the total votes the APC got in the whole five states of the south-east.
“You can see that if there is any problem, politically in the south-east, it is the PDP that will suffer the brunt. The emergence of Obi from the south-eastern part of this country, I think it is the votes of the PDP that he will be snatched away and he is already snatching it away. For APC – it is even a good omen.
“Instead of having a very close competitor, now the competitor, his attention is being divided apart from the problem they are having in the political party, especially the G5. Any political analyst will know that the emergence of the Labour Party is a minus to PDP and by implication and extrapolation, it is a plus to our great party the APC.”
2023 presidency: Doyin Okupe predicts overall winner, reveals number of states Tinubu, Atiku, Peter Obi will win
Meanwhile, Doyin Okupe, the director-general of the Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation, has tackled Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra state for saying Peter Obi cannot win the 2023 presidential election.
Soludo had, in an article he personally wrote, ruled out the chances of the Labour Party (LP)presidential candidate, who also happened to be his predecessor as Anambra governor.
However, Okupe described the Anambra governor's prediction that Obi will score 25% in four states only as "ludicrous lies". Okupe, who is also a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, went on to predict the 2023 presidential election results in favour of his principal, Obi.