According to the All Progressives Congress (APC) North-West zonal chairman, Salihu Lukman, the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, does not demonstrate the commitment needed to be president of Nigeria, in his opinion; Obi is an “election merchant.”
Lukman said that Obi exhibits traits of a typical Nigerian politician, more of an ‘election merchant’ who runs for office every four years, even if it means switching political parties.
He emphasized that electioneering implies an apparent lack of discipline and dedication to any political party.
Lukman claimed that this partially accounted for Mr. Obi’s decision to go from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP).
“While it is important to recognize the legitimate disappointment of Nigerians with our leaders and the state of the nation, it will remain a fallacy to imagine that a simple choice of a typical election merchant can resolve Nigeria’s challenges,” the politician explained. “Not just Obi, any other politician with the characteristics of changing political parties for the purpose of contesting elections, such a person is not what Nigeria needs today.”
He added, “Without prejudice to my respect for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, they are both in the same category as Obi.”
According to Lukman, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is “the only one” of the major candidates for the February 25 presidential election who has been a devoted party member.
“He is the only contestant who, together with other leaders of APC, envisioned the political roadmap for the defeat of PDP. Together with President Muhammadu Buhari, they provided the inspirational leadership that successfully negotiated the emergence of APC in 2013,” Mr. Lukman, the immediate past director-general of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), explained in a statement issued on Monday.
He stressed that APC presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu is his preferred choice in the presidential race and said he would work round-the-clock to ensure the victory of Mr. Tinubu and other APC candidates in the elections.
“Many of us in APC are supporting Asiwaju as part of our ongoing campaign to continue to build the APC as a progressive party capable of producing accountable elected representatives at all levels,” the APC chieftain explained. “We do so with full confidence that Tinubu will build on the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari, which also includes respecting internal debate and contestation within the APC.”