The Labour Party (LP) has welcomed the endorsement of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In his New Year message, Obasanjo called on Nigerians, especially young people, to elect Obi as the next president, adding that of all the major presidential candidates, Obi remains the most corrigible.
Reacting to this, the LP Presidential Campaign Council said Obasanjo had always proved himself as a unique individual who truly cares about Nigeria’s well-being now and in the future.
Chief spokesman for the LP PCC, Yunusa Tanko, said: “What former President Olusegun Obasanjo has just done is what we expect of true Nigerian statesmen.
“We want to thank Chief Obasanjo for speaking up in favour of one united Nigeria where every citizen irrespective of ethnicity, the religion of political affiliation will be given a sense of belonging.
“A Nigeria where competence, track record of achievement and patriotism will play a pivotal role in the leadership recruitment process.
“We are happy to confirm that these qualities exist in the persons of our candidate, Peter Obi and his running mate Yusuf Datti-Ahmed.
“We urge other statesmen to take a cue from Chief Obasanjo by endorsing our candidate and urging other contestants to see beyond themselves by sacrificing for Nigeria’s future which Obi-Datti represents.”
Director-General of the Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation, Akin Osuntokun, was quoted as saying by Vanguard that Obasanjo’s endorsement did not come to him as a surprise.
Osuntokun said: “It does not come to me as a surprise. Obasanjo is the personification of Nigerian patriotism. What that patriotism demands of all Nigerians are the steps he has taken.”