15th November, 2022
The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has fired back at Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, saying he cannot be distracted from his mission of saving Nigeria.
Soludo had on Monday delivered damning verdict on Obi, saying he knows he cannot win and will not win the election.
“Let’s be clear: Peter Obi knows that he can’t and won’t win. He knows the game he is playing, and we know too; and he knows that we know. The game he is playing is the main reason he didn’t return to APGA.
“The brutal truth (and some will say, God forbid) is that there are two persons/parties seriously contesting for president: the rest is exciting drama! That many Americans may not like the fact that Joe Biden (79 years) and Donald Trump (76 years) are two frontrunners for president in their parties does not remove the fact that if both of them emerge as candidates, definitely one of them will be president in 2024,” he said.
But on Tuesday, the spokesperson of The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ndi Kato, in a statement on behalf of Obi, said “We read with amusement and dismay, a very lengthy and belaboured treatise of an article, written by Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Governor of Anambra State, focused on our Presidential Candidate, His Excellency Peter Obi.
“While we note the glaring fallacies, misrepresentations, personal insinuations and signs of personal vendetta in that long writeup, neither His Excellency Peter Obi, The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation, nor the Labour Party, for that matter, has any interest in an extended engagement with Prof Soludo this critical time when there is a bigger fish to fry.”
She said Obi has his work well cut-out for him, in this campaign season.
She said primarily, Obi is accelerating his reach-out and influence to all Nigerians, rural and urban, in all areas, regions and states; and firmly engaging them, on his critical and visionary plans to take the country from consumption to production.
Kato stated that in doing this, Obi is firmly placing the youths, intensive Agricultural revolution, and revamping of critical areas of the economy as part of the focal points in the drive to turn around the fortunes and take back the country.
“We, the Youths, spreading across partisan political lines, have found reason to place the highest level of trust and confidence in HE Peter Obi, and we are committed to continuing partnership with him, transparently, vigorously and creatively, to bring to fruition, the vital changes urgently required in this our country, of so much potential.
“We strongly believe that A New Nigeria is possible… and together with Peter Obi, we are working to make this a reality. This is our focus; this is our occupation.. and we shall not be distracted,” she stated.