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2023: Labour Party fumes as Bauchi campaign poster shows Peter Obi as Atiku’s running mate

The Coalition of the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has distanced itself from the campaign poster in Bauchi State showing Obi and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar on a joint ticket.

The coalition in its reaction to the poster said Obi has not formed any politi­cal alliance with anyone.

The Chairman of Obidatti Coalition, M&E CPO Bauchi State, Musa Abel, in a press release described the development as an effort to confuse supporters of the LP in the state.

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The statement reads, “The attention of the Coalition of ObiDatti Support Groups in Bauchi State has been attracted to the deliberate misinformation carried out by some persons who are bent on misdirecting the teeming Obidients in Bauchi State. It is aimed at frustrating the obvious victory of Peter Obi in the presidential election.

“Posters of the PDP Presiden­tial Candidate, Atiku Abubakar with Peter Obi purportedly as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP are recently being placed in strategic locations in Sabon Kau­ra area of Bauchi State.

“We have informed the Chair­man of the Labour Party in Bau­chi State, Hussaini Saraki and Bauchi State Coordinator, Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Coun­cil, Rev. Joshua Ray Maina, of this unfortunate development and they are taking it up appropriately.

“This is an attempt at taking advantage of the popularity of HE Peter Obi, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and aligning him with a different party to our detriment. The claim that these were 2019 posters and that the persons who placed them were not aware that Peter Obi is no more in the PDP calls for seri­ous concern.

“Peter Obi and Senator Yu­suf Ahmed Datti are soaring in popularity as Nigerians are clam­ouring for genuine turnaround. We call on our teeming support groups to intensify mobilisation and sensitization of the people, especially at the grassroots, as we consolidate on our gains.”

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Meanwhile, the Labour Party (LP) chieftain, Doyin Okupe has insisted presidential candidate, Peter Obi, will win the 2023 election.

The politician made an analysis on Tuesday in response to ThisDay Election Centre Projections.

Okupe said the projections were “false, bogus and do not represent the actual situation on ground across the nation”.

The former presidential aide declared that they were “essentially aimed at misinforming the public”.

Okupe said the calculations ignored many important electoral parameters that have operated in Nigeria’s polity for over six decades.

“Without any doubt, PO will score 25% in no less than 24/25 states including Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe, and will lead all the other 3 numerically.

“He is the candidate to beat. Peter Obi will win and lead massively in the SE (South-East) averagely (70%) including all states in the SS (South-South).

“In the SW (South-West), PO will score minimum of 40% in Lagos. 25% in Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo.

“Osun 15% min. NW (North-West) 40% min in Kaduna, and no less than 10% of all the other 6 states, mainly because of Igbo residents”, he tweeted.

Okupe, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was until recently the Director General of Peter Obi/Yusuf Baba-Ahmed Campaign.

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