JUST IN: Peter Obi emerges Labour Party's presidential candidate


Obi and Utomi during the primary of Labour Party

Former Anambra State Governor, Dr. Peter Obi on Monday emerged as the Presidential candidate of  the Labour Party.

Obi emerged as the presidential candidate after another presidential aspirant, Prof. Pat Utomi stepped down for him.

The party’s presidential primary was held in Asaba, Delta State.

Asides Utomi, another aspirant, Joseph Faduri also stepped down for Obi to emerge as the presidential candidate.

Utomi had said Obi was younger than him and had the capability to effect the needed change that the country so much desired.

Obi had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last week, 72 hours to the party’s presidential election.

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He announced his withdrawal from PDP in a letter to the National Chairman of PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu.

In the letter, Obi said he was writing to inform Ayu of his resignation from the PDP, which he had already conveyed to the chairman of PDP, Agulu Ward 1, Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Obi said it had been a great honour to contribute to nation building effort through the PDP, but lamented unhealthy development in the party which made him to quit.

“Unfortunately, recent development within our party makes it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions.

“Our national challenges are deep-seated and require that we each make profound sacrifices towards rescuing our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm even if the mode differs,” Obi had said.

The former Anambra governor later announced his joining the Labour Party.

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