LP spokesperson reacts to Arthur Eze’s comments on Peter Obi’s ambition

The spokesperson for the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Diran Onifade, said yesterday that comments attributed to Anambra businessman Arthur Eze about the LP candidate were unfortunate but not unexpected.

Eze had slammed Obi’s ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s next president in 2023.

He said this at the 2022 Ofala festival of Igwe Robert Eze, the traditional ruler of Ukpo in the State’s Dunukofia local government area.

The businessman stated that he advised Obi to wait until the next election after hearing him list the number of states he thought he would win.

Eze said: “I warned Peter Obi to withdraw from this race but he would not listen. I told him plainly that I am not part of his plans. I told him to drop his ambition, and wait for next time.

“When he told me about his ambition, I asked him the states he thinks he can win in the west and in the north – he told me; but I was not convinced. I told him he cannot win; so that he would not waste his time and money.”

However, Onifade, in a chat with Vanguard, responded to Eze’s call on Obi to jettison his Presidential ambition.

While making it clear that he was expressing his personal opinion on the subject, Onifade said: “It is the influence of people like that that we want to take our politics away from.”

“He is part of the establishment and structure that young Nigerians want to take our country back from.

“When we take power from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, the likes of Arthur Eze will no longer wield the kind of influence they enjoy today.

“You don’t expect them to take this lying down. Our candidate and our campaign remain focused on the task ahead which is to take back our country, rebuild it to make it take its proper place in the comity of nations.”



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