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2023: Why It Would Take A Miracle For Peter Obi To Win – Hayatu-Deen

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A former presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, says it will take a miracle for Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to win in 2023, saying he should have joined an established party to pursue his presidential ambition.

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According to him, there are only two parties in Nigeria – the PDP and the All Progressives Congress – and Obi should have joined an established party to pursue his presidential ambition.

“The conventional wisdom is that if someone like Peter Obi had a 10 to 15 years project to create a magnificent machine that is robust, that has structures over a period of seven to 10 years, then he can become a force to be reckoned with.

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“That is the view that I personally hold and I could be completely wrong. He might prove me wrong. I do not know but in a developing country such as ours…I will wait to see such a miracle happen in this election season,” Hayatu-Deen said on a Channels TV programme aired on Tuesday.

Obi, a former Anambra State governor, was running mate to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, back in 2019.

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Obi, however, dumped PDP for Labour Party in May. Whilst Atiku announced Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate, Obi picked Yusuf Baba-Ahmed.

Speaking on the programme, Hayatu-Deen said Obi’s candidacy will not in any way hurt Atiku’s presidential ambition.

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“President (Muhammadu) Buhari is not on the ballot; he was a cult figure and therefore a lot of people who voted in the North voted for him,” he said, noting that Atiku will garner President Buhari’s votes in the North.

Hayatu-Deen further said it will be difficult for Obi to win the hearts of northern voters in next year’s general elections.

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“I do not how much work Peter Obi has done and will do to appeal to northern sentiments. I really do not know because it is still a long campaign season but what I can tell you is that the PDP is not going to leave any part of northern Nigeria untouched.

“PDP is very strong in the South-South. A bit of the South-West votes, I can guarantee you that. In the South-East, it will run very strong because the information available to me, indicates that there is no particular person that is strong,” he said.

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Why we can’t work with Obi— ADC presidential candidate

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The presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu, says his party will not go into alliance with Peter Obi of the Labour Party because he is considered to be a member of the ‘old order.’

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Mr Kachikwu stated this on Tuesday while appearing on “Politics Today,” a political Programme on Channels TV.

He stated that he considers Mr Obi to be a member of the old generation like the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

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According to the presidential candidate, anyone that has held offices in the past is considered a member of the old guard.

Mr Obi served as the governor for Anambra State for eight years, and he is popular among the youth on social media.

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Mr Kachikwu also dismissed all polls that have put the LP candidate ahead in the race, describing them as cooked.

“There is no difference between a Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju; they are part of the old order. They are people who held offices—they are all the same.

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They have absolutely nothing to offer. There is no reason why we should come together for the purpose of power.

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi
“I believe that there are genuine Nigerians out there supporting Obi and there is an Obi Movement.

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Eight years ago, there was a movement for President Muhammadu Buhari by the same Nigerians.

“When people want change, anything that seems like change – until it dawns on them that they were probably scammed. I don’t think there is any difference between what happened then and what is happening now.

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Mr Kachikwu, who was recently suspended by the National Working Committee of his party, said there is an ongoing conversation between his party, African Action Congress (AAC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on possible collaboration on sharing of resources.

He stated that the collaboration does not involve alignment at the poll.

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“Working together? It is possible because SDP, (Omoyele) Sowore (of AAC) — there are background conversations happening to see how we can cooperate, that we are able to share resources. No conversation about cooperating at the polls,” he said.

The presidential campaign officially commenced today (28 September) as provided in the timetable and schedule of activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Yobe North: Machina Finally Speaks After Defeating Senate President ‘Lawan’ In Court

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Yobe North APC senatorial candidate, Bashir Sheriff Machina, has hailed the Federal High Court judgment that declared him as the authentic senatorial candidate of the APC describing it as a victory for justice.

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Machina, who reacted to the development through his media aide, Husaini Mohammed Isa in a statement made available to newsmen, also called on all his supporters and people of Yobe North to remain calm and law-abiding.

The APC chieftain, who declared the judgement as “no victor, no vanquished”, equally called for immediate reconciliation among the two groups that exist within the party in Yobe North.

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“I welcome the decision of the Judge of the Federal High Court, Damaturu. It is a victory that stands for justice. It is now time to set aside our differences and close ranks for the impending battle, the next war we must wage is the war for APC’s victory in the coming 2023 general elections”, he said.

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The senatorial candidate appreciated all his supporters for their fervent prayers and unflinching support saying, he will work hard if eventually elected as Senator to touch the lives of the constituents in many very positive ways.

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Mr Ibu Storms Jos For Peter Obi’s Rally After Endorsing Tinubu

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Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly called Mr Ibu, is currently trending on the microblogging platform, Twitter after he stormed the rally of Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in Jos.

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In 2021, Mr Ibu during a conference meeting with the theme, ‘South West Stands with Bola Tinubu’ openly endorsed the former Governor of Lagos, saying he has really impacted many people.

However, the comic actor surprised many Nigerians when he turned up for the campaign rally of Obi in Plateau State, today.

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Some of the videos shared online captured the moment Mr Ibu was called on stage as he prayed for the supporters of LP.

Many Nigerians reacted to the video saying the actor has allegedly collected money for the All Progressives Congress (APC) but has decided to follow his heart.

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@itzz_blitz1 WROTE: “Remembered when we told y’all on this app that those celebrities endorsing agbado are only interested in his money? Mr ibu been one of them attended Peter Obi’s campaign today in jos. Nigerians will show these politicians shege in 2023.”

@drpenking wrote: “Mr Ibu don chop APC money finish align with where his heart is. He just arrived the venue of Peter Obi’s reception in Jos”

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