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Politics of Thursday, 18 August 2022


LP says Peter Obi doesn't need N50bn to defeat Tinubu, references Ruto's victory in Kenya

Peter Obi is the presidential aspirant for the Labour Party Peter Obi is the presidential aspirant for the Labour Party

The camp of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has responded to a comment by Isaac Fayose, a brother to former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose who said Peter Obi will need in excess of fifty billion naira to win the presidential election.

Recall that Isaac in a recent interview noted that the former Anambra State governor would need the quoted amount to be able to defeat Bola Tinubu, presidential flagbearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or any other candidate in the polls.

But according to the media office of Obi's camp, those who believe in the commercialization of an election will be shamed in 2023.

It said that what is required is not N50 billion or “procured structure”, but humans who are the victims of the previous “so-called structures”.

“The Obedient Movement is powered by human beings as represented in the Labour Party logo – Father, Mother and Child – not money. Human beings are far more bigger resources.”

It referenced the just-concluded Kenyan election, where William Ruto stunningly defeated his chief opponent, veteran politician Raila Odinga.

“Odinga’s party has 20 members in the 67-member Senate and 76 of 349 Assembly members but these structures could not deliver him above the rookie party of Ruto.

“Ruto had human beings and social media structure behind him while Odinga had the support of the ruling party, backing of the President and government of Kenya, their entire structures and money,” Obi’s camp said.