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I’m Not Leaving Labour Party, Obi Replies NLC



Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi

Peter Obi, a previous Labour Party presidential candidate, responded to media reports speculating that he would leave the party before the 2027 election due to his purported dissatisfaction with the leadership issue.

Shortly after he donated a borehole to the ram market in Tike Pantami on Sunday, Obi answered questions from journalists in Gombe State and allayed concerns that he could join the Social Democratic Party to further his ambition.

Benson Upah, the spokesman for the Nigeria Labour Congress, had stated that the former governor of Anambra State is free to leave the LP and that the congress will not obstruct him in doing so.

Upah declared, “Mr. Obi has the freedom to choose.” It’s his choice if he decides to leave the party. We are unable to hold him to that standard. Peter Obi, however, is always a benefit if he decides to stay. I base my argument on that.

But Obi responded, “No, there isn’t,” in his response. I enjoy and support peace. We are one people, in my opinion. We should focus on achieving peace, and I think we can handle any issue.

Asked about a potential partnership with Nasir El-Rufai, the former governor of Kaduna State, the LP candidate responded, “Well, I’m more interested in Nigeria’s success today than tomorrow.” We are always concentrating on the election rather than what Nigerians are going through. My commitment is about Nigerians living in a better society, given a better life, and that’s my concern.”

Decrying the increased electricity tariff for Band A consumers by the Federal Government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Obi urged stakeholders to be strategic, saying, “We should all think it through, see how we can provide remedy. How we can deal with it, especially as it concerns the poor areas?

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“Everywhere in the world, those living in Band A areas pay more while those in rural areas are subsidised. That is how it works.”

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