Labaran Maku, the former Minister of Information and National Orientation, has revealed that many people including himself sensed the ‘Obidient’ movement and the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi as a jest.
The ex-governor of Anambra State Mr. Peter Obi, took the nation unaware when he came out as a third-force candidate. Although being rejected as lacking a political structure, the LP candidate, who has a large young following, received over 6 million votes and won in 11 states, finishing third in the just-finished election.
Maku disclosed this on Channels TV today March 28, saying that the
Speaking on Channels TV today March 28, Maku admitted that the opposition politicians never gave the LP candidate and supporters a fair shot.
In his words, he said;
“What happened in the presidential election as you could see was that there was this wave of young people, the ‘Obidients’ that we all took for granted and we were thinking Peter Obi was a joke. Where would he go?. So, both PDP and the APC, we were thinking ‘This man does not have structure. He will not be able to do so much.”
He further stated that with the aid of the youths, Obi and Labour party proved doubters wrong.
“But the young people seized the initiative from the politicians. And for the first time – what we saw in Nasarawa, Edo, several other places, and in Delta State where the PDP vice presidential candidate comes from – we saw that young people were serious about what they were doing and they took advantage of social media to project a programme which has shaken the nation.”
The Nasarawa State PDP chairman accepted that the party lost the state’s presidential election to the LP but alleged that the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) won the gubernatorial race fraudulently.
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