By Ademola Adeleye
It was a businesslike approach as Nigeria’s much touted third force, Labour Party elected former Anambra governor and current favourite presidential candidate Peter Obi as it’sflagbearer.
This is coming barely a week after dumping the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over claims of a gang up against him.
Obi emerged at Labour Party’s Convention and presidential primary held in Asaba, Delta State.
Earlier at the convention, Professor Pat Utomi stepped down for Obi.
Utomi announced that Obi is a younger aspirant with the capacity to effect the needed change in the Nigerian system.
Also, another aspirant, 45-year-old Joseph Faduri stepped down for the former governor.
Obi, who was a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, resigned from the PDP and also withdrew from the presidential race on the platform of the party on May 25.
The Director-General of Obi Campaign Organisation, Dr Doyin Okupe, had argued that Obi is not desperate to become the president of Nigeria but to offer solutions to problems bedevilling the country.
Okupe, who was Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, had said,
“You will recall that consistently former Governor Peter Obi has repeatedly stated that he’s not desperate to be President,
“He is desperate to cause a change, to cause a redirection, to change the way the government of Nigeria is being run. It is for this reason and to offer solutions to the various problems of Nigeria.
“It was for these reasons that he entered into the race. According to what he said in his letter, various developments in the PDP makes it virtually impossible for him to find the full expression of his desire on the platform of the PDP.