- Intelligence reports prevented Peter Obi from visiting the Internally Displaced Persons in Katsina on Monday, January 23
- The Labour Party's presidential candidate was initially billed to interact with the displaced persons in the Northwest state
- Inside sources say the meeting was called off after several security reports warning against the move
Katsina - A report by Daily Sun indicates that Peter Obi, Labour Party's presidential candidate, who arrived in Katsina on Monday, January 23 could not honour a scheduled meeting with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from across the state over unfavourable security reports.
According to the report, Obi was in Katsina alongside his running mate, Ahmed Yusuf Datti, and other chieftains of the party.
A source quoted in the report said;
“Mr Peter Obi was scheduled to meet with the IDPs, women, youth and students’ leaders from across Katsina state at the Munaj Event Centre but that meeting could not hold because we got security reports that the place was not safe for him.”
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Speaking later at a rally, Obi said;
“Datti and I have chosen to build a new Nigeria. That new Nigeria is to ensure that we secure the people and when we have security and open the borders.
“I beg you, go out and vote for us and you will see a new Nigeria. A new Nigeria where there will not be insecurity, a new Nigeria where there will be no poverty.”
He assured the people of Katsina of his commitment to do the right thing if elected president.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, further assured them that with him as Nigeria's leader, there will be a new Nigeria where citizens will be happy to say they are Nigerians.
He lamented over the state if insecurity in Katsina, stressing that if elected, he will ensure the safety of the residents.
“Katsina used to be a peaceful town and a peaceful state but today, it is not.”
2023 elections: NCP endorses Peter Obi, pledges to mobilise members
On its part, the National Conscience Party (NCP) has endorsed Obi, ahead of the forthcoming presidential election.
Channels Television reports that NCP national chairman, Dr Tanko Yinusa, promised to mobilise party members to secure the needed votes for Obi’s victory.
He explained that the former Anambra governor has all it takes to earn the trust and confidence of the NCP ahead of the election.
2023 elections: 'Peter Obi not known in Zamfara, Gombe, others,' says Ekere
Recall that All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the 2019 election in Akwa Ibom state, Obong Nsima Ekere, recently declared that Obi, is not popular in northern Nigeria.
Ekere, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state and former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, made the comment during an interview with Punch newspaper.
According to him, Obi is popular on social media, adding that the ambition of the former Anambra state governor does not threaten that of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Elections: 'Peter Obi better than other candidates,' Obasanjo insists
Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Obi is better than other candidates in Nigeria's forthcoming presidential election.
Obasanjo made the comment on Thursday, January 19, 2023, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, while featuring in an interactive session.
The former president had, in a New Year message, titled 'My appeal to all Nigerians, particularly young Nigerians', expressed his support for Obi.