The Governor of Anambra State, Professor Charles Soludo on Monday said that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and former Governor of the state, Peter Obi cannot win the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.
In an article titled “History Beckons and I will not be Silent (Part 1)”, Soludo said Obi is only making the 2023 presidential election an easy win for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that even the Labour Party candidate knows he is going nowhere as far as 2023 presidency is concerned.
He said, “Let’s be clear: Peter Obi knows that he can’t and won’t win. He knows the game he is playing, and we know too, and he knows that we know. The game he is playing is the main reason he didn’t return to APGA.
“The brutal truth (and some will say, God, forbid) is that there are two persons/parties seriously contesting for president: the rest is exciting drama! That many Americans may not like the fact that Joe Biden (79 years) and Donald Trump (76 years) are two frontrunners for president in their parties does not remove the fact that if both of them emerge as candidates, definitely one of them will be president in 2024.
“As my brother, I wish him well and even pray for him… Indeed, there is no credible pathway for him near the first two positions, and if care is not taken, he won’t even be near the third position. Analysts tell him you don’t need “structure” to win.
‘Fantasy! Of course, LP won governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun on social media and via phantom polls, while getting barely 2,000 votes on ground. Creating a credible third force for the presidential election in Nigeria requires a totally different strategy and extremely hard work.
“The latest polling shows that it is down to four states, and declining. Not even in Lagos State (supposed headquarters of urban youths) where the Labour Party could not find candidates to contest for House of Reps or Senate. The polls also show that he is taking votes away mostly from PDP.
“Indeed, if I were Asiwaju Tinubu, I would even give Peter Obi money as someone heading one of the departments of his campaign because Obi is making Tinubu’s pathway to victory much easier by indirectly pulling down PDP. It is what it is!
“Let me once again wish my brother Peter Obi good luck. He should have fun and enjoy the fleeting frenzy of the moment. But he must moderate the desperation exhibited by his social media mob. There is a limit to propaganda.
“A mob action often reflects the character of its leader. No one has a monopoly on social media violence, and no one should play God. Life won’t end by February/March 2023.”