- Atiku Abubakar believes that the Labour Party and its presidential flag bearer have no opportunity at the 2023 poll
- The former vice president made this disclosure during an interview with Arise Television on Friday, July 22
- According to Atiku, there is more to winning elections that campaign on various social media platforms
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said that it is impossible for the Labour Party and its flag bearer, Peter Obi to emerge victorious in the 2023 elections.
Speaking in a recorded interview with Arise Television which was aired on Friday, July 22, the former vice president said he does not expect the Labour Party to garner as many votes in the presidential election.
Citing the outcome of the governorship election in Osun state on Saturday, July 16, the PDP presidential candidate said the Labour Party's flag bearer in the state failed to perform well.
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"I really don't expect the Labour Party to take as much votes from the PDP as people are suggesting.
"We could have seen it in the last elections in Osun state. What was the performance of the Labour Party?" he asked.
A 'structureless' Labour Party
Noting that emerging victorious in Nigerian politics is majorly dependent on the structure of every political party, Atiku confirmed the many opinions that Labour Party has no structure.
"This is a party that doesn't have a governor, doesn't have members of the National Assembly, it doesn't have State Assembly members. And politics in this country depends on the structures we have at these various levels.
"At the local government level, at the state level and the national level. It is very very difficult to expect a miracle to happen, you know simply because Peter Obi is in the Labour Party."
Elections in Nigeria are not won on social media
Also cautioning that elections are not won on social media, the former vice president said that 90 per cent of Nigerian voters who are resident in the northern part of the country do not use social media.
"After all they were saying through the social media, we have more than one million votes in Osun state but how many stood out to vote for Labour Party?
"And then again, mark you are talking about social media, in the north 90 per cent of our people are not 'tuned' to social media."
'We must look beyond politics to rescue Nigeria', Governor Ortom says as he meets Peter Obi
The appraisal for Obi was made by the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, during a courtesy visit by the presidential candidate.
Ortom said he appreciates Obi's efforts in the quest to "Rescue Nigeria" and advised the former governor to meet with other presidential candidates for the possibility of their stepping down for him (Obi).
'It's alarming', Peter Obi reacts to constant collapse of national grid, planned strike by bakers
The collapse of the national grid for the sixth time in seven months is a cause for alarm, Peter Obi, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party had said.
Obi condemned the fact that Nigerians have been left to grope around in darkness without electricity due to the constant collapse of the grid.
The former governor of Anambra state also condemned the hardship faced by Nigeria which is indicative of the planned strike action by bakers in the country.