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General News of Tuesday, 2 August 2022


APC ex-presidential aspirant dumps Tinubu, throws weight behind Peter Obi

Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Peter Obi Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Peter Obi

Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, a former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 says he won't be backing the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the 2023 general elections.

Ogbonia made it known that he intends to throw his weight behind the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.

The southeast politician noted that while he will remain in the APC, his support will be for Obi because he is the spearhead of Nigeria's democratic revolution and the nation's hope moving forward.

In a statement made available to Vanguard on Monday, August 1, Ogbonnia said his decision is influenced by a great sense of patriotism.

Part of the statement read: “Though I remain a member of All Progressives Congress, APC, I must not support Tinubu, its presidential candidate in the 2023 elections. "The decision to endorse the candidate of an opposition party did not come easy. But there comes a time to say ‘enough is enough."

Speaking about Obi as the man with the heart and mind for the job of fixing Nigeria in 2023, Ogbonnia said: "I see intellect, character, competence, and capacity; I see integrity and humility. I see patriotism; I see dynamism. I see enviable and verifiable track record; I see attainable visions; I see hope for the Nigeria of our founding dreams; I see a democratic revolution whose time has come.

"This move is consistent with my politics. I never allow the mere exigencies of ethnicity, religion, or party affiliation to becloud my judgment. As a member of the National Republican Convention (NRC), I crossed party lines to campaign for MKO Abiola, the flagbearer for the Social Democratic Party (SDP). I saw Abiola as a better candidate than the candidate of my party, Bashir Tofa."


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