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Obi-Datti Campaign denies reports of Obi stepping down

THE Obi-Datti Campaign Media office has dismissed reports that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, was planning to step down for his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar.

The party said it would be absurd for Obi, who is the leading candidate in the 2023 Presidential race to ponder ceding the presidency to any candidate.

The statement from the media office reads: “it’s so ludicrous as to be amusing, the counterfeit news item suggesting that the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, is considering stepping down for somebody.

“Nothing can be more absurd than the fact that 18 persons are in a marathon to pick a trophy and somebody is suggesting that the front runner in the race, who is already sighting the trophy, wants to step down for somebody behind.

“The fact that other parties contesting for the president have been cloning the LP candidate in their corruptly induced gift items like bags of rice, posters and billboards speak volumes of who is the man to beat in this race.

“Since May 30th, 2022, when Obi emerged as the flag bearer of the Labour Party alongside other presidential contestants, the Labour Party and its presidential campaign have increased in leaps and bounds, attracting both local and global attention.

“The truth is that Peter Obi’s performance is now the standard by which other contestants and their parties are being measured.

“The fact that the other parties struggle to associate their own candidates with Obi even without his consent says it all who should be associated with withdrawing or discontinuing in the race.

“In an ideal claime where respect is accorded to merit and other audacious qualifications, other presidential candidates should have honourably thrown in the towel.

“What those flying the unreasonable and ridiculous kite are trying to achieve, which appeared dead on arrival, is firstly, to give themselves the fake hope that they are in the race to win; secondly, to distract and remove our candidate’s eye from the ball where it’s already glued to and thirdly, to inject confusion in the mind of the public.

“After being confirmed to be ahead by four scientifically conducted opinion polls, it would be laughable to suggest, even as a joke, that Obi is considering stepping down, for who, for God’s sake.

“But we understand their handicap of living in the past and refusing to buy into the raging idea whose time has come.

“That the most vibrant and vigorous arm of the country’s populace, the youths are resolute and already charged to take back their country and that they have found in the LP standard bearer, Obi the right man for this journey whose destination is already known.

“It’s either that the purveyors of this ignoble news are incomprehensible and unintelligible about the developing political dynamics in the country or that they are clear agents of mischief hoping to inject confusion in the polity.

“Finally, given what is in the political space around the leading presidential candidates since the electioneering, it’s crystal clear that the obviously established filthy and disgustingly dirty candidates should be the ones who should be bowing out to give way for the revolution whose time has come.”

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