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Peter Obi will win 2023 presidential election, Labour Party leaders assure Nigerians in Diaspora

(L-R) Mr. Peter, Presidential Candidate of Labour Party, Party Chairman, Barr Julius Abure and the Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Datti Baba Ahmed
Alhaji Umar Farouk Labour Party National Secretary
Dr Yunusa Tanko, Spokesman, Third Force
Prof. Eddie Oparaoji

Washington DC 

The National Secretary of Labour Party (LP) of Nigeria, Alhaji Umar Farouk, and the spokesperson of the Third Force, a group allied with the Labour Party, Dr Yunusa Tanko, weekend reassured Nigerians in the Diaspora that the Peter Obi/Datti Baba Ahmed ticket will win the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.

They made this declaration at a webinar, Sunday, titled “Virtual Global Townhall Meeting: The State of the Obi-Datti Campaign, Labour Party, and 3rd Force,” organized by the highly respected Professor Eddie Oparaoji-led United States-based Nigerian-American Coalition for Justice and Democracy (NACJD).

Speaking on the state of the LP presidential campaign, Alhaji Farouk said, “we have traveled widely to the Northern parts of the country, and we are mesmerized by what we are seeing – genuine love for Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed from people across the board and that has reinforced our confidence that the Northern states will vote for the Labour Party flagbearers.

“Our Campaign is making inroads in the North and we are seeing crowds clamoring for genuine change and coming out to declare support for Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed. They agree that the situation is beyond ethnicity, party and religion. The hardship is affecting everybody. There is also the understanding that the Labour Party team is the one that can bring the desired change. We are eagerly waiting for the elections,” he said enthusiastically.

Also speaking, Dr. Tanko, who is also the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), noted that “the major areas of our concern had been in the North, but we have been getting tremendous support from the different groups operating in those states and more groups are still joining. The Labour Party has set up groups that are reaching out to all parts of the country to educate and sensitize the local population on the issues at stake. We have made tremendous progress and though we still have lots of challenges, we have strategies to overcome them…. the Presidency is in our hands, and we have to harvest it and deliver it to the Nigerian people.”

While responding to questions regarding the credibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), referring especially to thousands of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) being discovered buried or scattered and rendered unusable, as well as the issue of underaged voters, Dr Tanko said, “We have challenged INEC but they have not given us a firm response. We have asked INEC to publish a list of uncollected PVCs and where they can be collected. We are still putting pressure on INEC. They should publish the names of the list of the unclaimed PVCs and ensure they get to their rightful owners. And they must reproduce any cards that have been damaged or lost.”

Speaking at the occasion, Professor Oparaoji, who is the Chairman of NACJD, outlined the nature and mission of their partnership with the Labour Party. He said, “our work focuses on educational outreach, accessing modern technology capable of powering Nigeria into a first world nation, lobbying the Washington DC policy making community to influence U.S. policies on Nigeria and her ethnic nationalities and fundraising. We aim to foster a coherent and collaborative Nigerian community at home and in the Diaspora to enrich the global dialogue on Nigeria’s fading constitutional democracy, crippling economic strangulation, national security challenges, crass corruption and other high crimes against our citizenry.

“We, therefore, wish to make it clear that we in the diaspora have vehemently rejected the old ways of doing business as exemplified by the impunity consistently exhibited by the establishment political parties adjudged by their disrespectful presentation of either Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket or shamelessly presenting a presidential ticket that violates an established power sharing agreement.”

Professor Oparaoji further commended all those who contributed to successfully plan and execute the program, including Mr. Chijike Ndukwu (Moderator), Dr Jude Iheoma (Co-Moderator), Dr Dorothy Ezekwe Anya, Ms. Magdalene Venn, Mr. John Adewoye, Yakubu Isa, and Atty Emma Odoemenem.

Others who asked questions at the well-attended program include Hon Ugochukwu Nwokoro, Casmir Ukaegbu, Dr D. Ekeh, Prince Jovita Okeahialam, Lt. Samuel Uchechukwu, Hon Jonathan Anaibe, Peter Omorigho Dugbo, Okechukwu Anyanwu, Emeka Onuoha, Comrade Steve Amanze, Eunice Ntugogu, Nick Orugbani Douglas and Amb. Camilus Konkwo.

There were participants from different parts of the world as well those people who called in from different states in Nigeria and several people who wanted to know how to join the Labour Party (LP) to be card carrying members of the party, which Alhaji Farouk said has recorded phenomenal jump in membership since the entrance of Mr. Obi and Dr. Ahmed were told to go online to the party’s registration portal or locate the party’s offices across the country.

NACJD is a highly regarded Nigerian-American research and good governance advocacy organization based in the United States and dedicated to the advancement of true democratic values for the mutual benefit of Nigeria, her ethnic nationalities and the United States.

 

 

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