- Comments by Festus Keyamo urging Peter Obi to bring his family into politics has been rebuffed by Labour Party
- The APC presidential campaign council spokesman had hailed Seyi Tinubu for campaigning for his father, urging Peter Obi's son to do same
- But the campaign team of Obi stated that Tinubu household sees politics as business and is struggling to keep it going
FCT, Abuja - The Obi-Datti presidential campaign organisation has stated that no family member of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi will square up with Bola Tinubu’s son, Seyi, to campaign for office for the former Anambra state governor ahead of the 2023 polls.
The campaign team was responding to comments made by Festus Keyamo, the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council.
Keyamo had chided Obi for not bringing his family members into his team campaign team unlike Seyi and his sister, Folashade, who has been very visible campaigning for his father.
Responding, the Labour Party campaign team said Keyamo is unwittingly exposing his candidate and the desperation around his household for the APC candidate to become president at all costs.
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The campaign team stated categorically that the Labour Party's presidential candidate family is not part of his politics.
Part of the statement seen by Daily Independent newspaper reads:
“The attention of the Obi-Datti media campaign office has been drawn to a challenge thrown to the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi by one of the opponents’ attack dogs, the minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo for his son to organize a successful campaign rally in his state, Anambra akin to what APC flag bearer’s son Seyi Tinubu did for his dad in Lagos.
“But the attack dog forgets to differentiate the two sons and their fathers. The only thing that joins Obi and Tinubu is that they were once governors of states in Nigeria.
“After that one became a parasite to the state government he served with his entire family while the the other left government house and he and any members of his family never collected a dime from Anambra state. This assertion is verifiable for Keyamo and his other hirelings.
“Unlike Tinubu and his household who have grown to be stupendously wealthy with no identifiable industry or means of making money outside the state government for over two decades.
“If Keyamo had taken time to study the family he speaks for very well he would have avoided this comparison that is bound to expose the parasitic life of his principal and understand why the entire household is headlong in the campaign.
“Obi’s family is not part of his politics, they are running their lives, contributing to development without nearing public funds.
“We, therefore, join our candidate to demand that candidates, not their wives, sons or daughters are seeking the peoples’ votes and they should be scrutinized by the people.”
Nigeria will break up if APC wins 2023 elections, says Obaseki
Meanwhile, the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki on Monday, October 24 warned that Nigeria will break up if the APC and its presidential candidate win the 2023 general elections.
Obaseki made the comment at the inauguration of the Edo state PDP campaign council in the state.
The governor said no right-thinking person will vote in the APC and Tinubu in next February’s presidential election.
Nigeria’s problems beyond a 70-year-old president, says Imulomen
On his part, Accord Party presidential candidate, Professor Chris Imulomen has declared that the challenges facing Nigeria are not that which a 70-year-old president can tackle.
According to Imulomen, Nigeria needs a youthful mind who is at the peak of his or her career to lead the country out of her current doldrums.
He made the comment during a meeting with stakeholders of the Accord Party in Kano state.