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I’m not leaving Labour Party, Obi replies NLC

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, on Sunday, denied media reports that he may defect ahead of the 2027 polls.

Speaking with newsmen in Gombe State shortly after donating a borehole to the ram market in Tike Pantami on Sunday, Obi dismissed speculations that he may head to the Social Democratic Party to realise his presidential ambition.

Nigeria Labour Congress spokesman, Benson Upah, had said that the former Anambra State Governor is free to leave the LP, noting that the congress would not stop him if he chose to leave.

According to Upah, “The right of choice is available to Mr Obi. If he chooses to leave the party, that is his preference. We can’t sit in judgment over him on that. But if he chooses to remain, of course, Peter Obi is an asset any day. I rest my case on that.”

Reacting, Obi said, “No, there is no such thing. I’m for peace, I like peace. I believe we are one people. Our concentration should be on peace, and I believe that we will resolve all situations.”

On the speculation of a possible collaboration with former Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, the LP flagbearer said, “Well, I’m more interested now 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.”

Obi who also condemned the increased electricity tariff for Band A consumers by the Federal Government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, said stakeholders should be strategic, noting, “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?

“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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