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Race to 2027: Peter Obi clears air on defection to PDP



Race to 2027: Peter Obi clears air on defection to PDP

Ahead of the 2027 politics, former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has clarified about defection to the opposition PDP.


Obi had in May had series of meetings with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains, including with: Atiku Abubakar – PDP former presidential candidate, Bukola Saraki – former senate president, David Mark –  former senate president, Sule Lamido –  former governor of Jigawa State, and many others. Obi also toured round Northern states, meeting key stakeholders in politics and religion.


What provoked much doubt about Obi’s loyalty to the Labour Party was the merger talk with Atiku and his statement that he would merge to save Nigeria. Read more details here.


On Thursday, June 6, the former governor of Anambra State, disassociated Obidient Movement –  his main support group comprising of youths majorly and elders – from the Labour Party. Obi warned the LP chairman, Julius Abure against the Obidient Directorate he created to be in charge of the movement.


Obi said the Obidients do not belong to political party, not even the Labour Party. A statement that raised dust on his loyalty to the party.


READ ALSO: Obi announces meaning of the acronym Obidient


Clearing air, at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, after a journalist approached him and asked if he was still a member of LP, or intends defecting to another party, Obi said he remained a “committed and loyal” LP member. “For the avoidance of doubt, ‘I remain a committed, Loyal Labour Party member’. That is my definitive response to all Nigerians who may be in doubt about my party affiliation in the light of recent reports and conflicting interpretations of recent political expressions.


Obi said his critique of LP’s decision on Obidient directorate did not mean he was leaving the party. His response added, “For the attention of all those holding such an impression and for the general public, I remain a faithful, committed and loyal member of the Labour Party.


“Indeed as a Leader of the party, my aspiration, and desire working closely with other Leaders is to reconcile our valued members, and partner with like minds, and parties all over the country to build a strong and better Party that will catalyze and commence the rebuilding of a new Nigeria.


“My statement yesterday was intended to clarify some issues that are of concern to our teeming supporters some of whom are not members of any political party but are desirous for a new Nigeria.”