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Politics of Friday, 2 September 2022


Obi vs Tinubu: Popular APC supporter joins LP; says Peter Obi can solve Nigeria's challenges

A collage of Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi_Photo via Peoples Gazette A collage of Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi_Photo via Peoples Gazette

While the major political stakeholders seek their interest by defecting to their party of choice, supporters of these political parties and their candidates are also doing the same.

The story is evident as Umar Bashir Sola, a former die-hard supporter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed why he switched from supporting the presidential candidate of the ruling party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with, Sola who is popularly known as Sola Kafinta in his home state of Kwara, said he was swayed by Obi's practical solutions to Nigeria's challenges.

“I used to be a die-hard supporter of Tinubu. Infact, I have been propagating and flying the flag of the APC before now. But in August, when I was surfing the internet, I was on YouTube and started seeing videos of Peter Obi during his TV interviews, he said.

“The way he spoke about how he has ruled Anambra state and what he intend to do in Nigeria, especially to cut the cost of governance, I made a U-turn because I realised he is making sense than Tinubu who is saying 'Emilokan' without giving us reasons why it is his turn.”

When asked about the reception he has received since he threw his weight behind Peter Obi, the 34-year-old said: “The response has been positive. As far as I am concerned, personally, I have won over 1,000 people who are now supporting Labour Party and Peter Obi and I am still pushing.

“I still have some materials and souvenirs to distribute for mobilisation and grassroots campaigns and I know that I will still be able to gain more grounds and win more converts to our side.

“Also, people are calling from different local government areas in the state for me to come to their domain because Labour Party is lagging behind. So it needs my attention, and I am not relenting.”

Asked if he has met with key with Labour Party leaders in Kwara, Sola Kafinta who is from Illorin South local government area of the state said: “I was at the Labour House recently. I followed the governorship aspirant to the place and I also made sure that I included his picture in the next batch of t-shirts I printed because the goal is to support all Labour Party candidates and not only Peter Obi.”

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