Obi Won’t Become Atiku’s Running Mate, Campaign DG Clarifies

By Adadareporters

Amidst speculations that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, is courting Mr Peter Obi to become his running mate in the 2023 elections, Dr Doyin Okupe says such won’t happen.

Obi is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections.

Okupe, who is Mr Obi’s campaign DG, told PUNCH that, “The support Peter Obi is getting across the country is too massive for anyone to ask him to step down for anyone.

“Nobody ever thought Obi could leave the PDP, but he left. The real third force is here with us. The coming revolution is beyond Obi. Peter Obi is a man whose time has come. The PDP and the APC have expired. They are no longer relevant in Nigeria’s current situation.”

In a similar vein, Obi’s media aide, Valentine Obienyem, told PUNCH that, “If today he (Obi) says he is going back to the PDP to be a running mate, I can tell you that if he walks on the street, many Nigerians will stone him and they will see him as a disappointment.

“Nigerians want him and the only thing we can do for him is to encourage him to answer the call of Nigerians. So, he will contest and I’m sure he will win, all things being equal.

“Today, Nigerians want change and Peter Obi has been seen as a symbol of that change, so the issue of structure people talk about does not arise. The last time they asked him about the structure of his party, he said Nigerians across the country were the structure and that is the greatest structure.

“Nigerians want to break away from the old order. Nigeria is ripe for a peaceful transition and Peter Obi is lucky to be at the forefront of that change. He has already penetrated the minds of Nigerians all over the country.”

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