Former Anambra State Governor Mr. Peter Obi has joined the Labour Party of Nigeria with a call on all Nigerians to join him in the mission of “taking back our country.”
Mr. Obi, who just dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on whose platform he was a frontline presidential aspirant and whose Vice Presidential candidate he was in the 2019 general election, said after registering as a member of the Labour Party at his Agulu Ward in Anambra State that “I have chosen a route that I consider to be in line with our aspirations and my mantra of taking the country from consumption to production; and that is the Labour Party which is synonymous with the people, workers, development, production, securing and uniting Nigerians as one family.”
He thanked “all Nigerians, especially our youths who have joined me in the mission of taking back and reuniting Nigeria,” stressing that “this project is yours and for the future of your children. I am just a facilitator.”
He pointed out that since he “resigned from the PDP because of issues that are at variance with my persona and principles, I have consulted widely with various parties and personalities to ensure we do not complicate the route to our desired destination. For me, the process of achieving our goal is as fundamental as what one will do thereafter,” noting that this was why he has chosen the Labour Party platform, which aligns with his major agenda of taking the country from consumption to production and “which is synonymous with the people, workers, development, production, securing and uniting Nigerians as one family.”
While inviting all Nigerians to join him to realise the goal of taking back the country, he pledged that he will never let the people down.
In what appears to be a movement to the Labour Party of some political big wigs, former Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu is said to have left the PDP to join Obi in the Labour Party.
Ekweremadu, who is said to have been shunted aside in the governorship race in Enugu State is said to have already registered as a member of the Labour Party in his Enugu constituency.
It is not clear whether he heeded the call of a group, the Southeast and Southsouth Network (SESSNet), which on Friday, May 27, 2022 asked Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the vocal immediate past Minority Leader in the Senate, himself (Ekweremadu), governorship aspirant in Abia State and former bank Managing Director, Dr. Alex Otti, and all other politicians from the Southeast and the Niger Delta to join former Governor Obi in his new party.
The group, in a statement issued soon after Mr. Obi announced his new Political party, said the call has become necessary to jointly wrestle Nigeria and the former eastern region from the hands of political merchants.
SESSNET also called on all politicians from the South East and South South to abandon PDP and join the new party.
In the statement, the SESSNET also said Peter Obi’s presidential aspiration has turned into a Movement that will salvage Nigeria.
The group, therefore, “called on all Nigerians of goodwill to abandon the two defunct political parties, PDP and APC and join Peter Obi to satisfy the yearnings of all Nigerians for peace, security, and economic advancement.”
The statement also stated that, “the decision of former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi to join the Labour Party is an opportunity for great politicians across the country like Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Mr. Alex Otti, and others to join forces together and wrestle Nigeria from the hands of political jobbers.
“The new party will give an opportunity for Nigerians of like minds to achieve their dreams.
“The defection of Peter Obi from PDP is an opportunity to build a third force, a political party that Nigerians have been yearning for.
“It is certain that the Political party will be able to deliver dividends of democracy to millions of Nigerians,” the group stressed.