Labour Party Candidate Signals Continued Commitment After Supreme Court Verdict
November 6, 2023
Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the recently concluded 2023 general election, has declared his intention to contest the 2027 presidential election, indicating a resilient stance following his unsuccessful bid this year.
Addressing the press in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment on Thursday, October 26, 2023, regarding his appeal against the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC), Obi expressed gratitude to Nigerians for their support in the previous election. Despite the setback, he emphasized that the journey has only just begun.
“Nigerians who supported our cause have done so out of patriotism and their sincere conviction that our nation requires and deserves dedicated and visionary leaders who will lead Nigeria toward a brighter future. The energy and dedication of Nigerian Youths and the Obedient Movement have been simply amazing,” Obi stated during the press conference.
He continued, “I appreciate and salute them! I want to assure them that this is not the end of our journey; but in fact, the beginning. Nigeria heard you. The world has taken note and will not forget so easily. We shall endure, persist, until we get to our destination because a new Nigeria is our destination. A destination not an event.”
Obi signaled his readiness to run for the office of the President in 2027, drawing on his past experiences and the principles instilled during his formative years. He expressed concern about the Supreme Court’s recent decision, stating, “Setting legal issues aside, the Supreme Court exhibited a disturbing aversion to public opinion just as it abandoned its responsibility as a court of law and policy.”
In his critique, Obi expressed dismay at what he perceived as a contradiction between the court’s decision and the overwhelming evidence presented regarding election rigging, false claims of technical glitches, substantial non-compliance with rules set by INEC, and serious allegations of perjury, identity theft, and forgery brought to light during the election dispute.
As Peter Obi sets his sights on the future, the political landscape awaits how his continued commitment will shape the trajectory of Nigerian politics in the years to come.
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