By Taiwo Ajala
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi will be counting on 100 million impoverished Nigerians to provide the support base for his presidential bid in the little known labour party.
Obi said the 100 million poor Nigerians would be his political structure.
The LP candidate has been criticised severely for lacking political structure across the country, a major requirement to winning a presidential election. Even though he has a strong base on social media, critics continue to say it cannot translate to votes in real life.
Reacting on Thursday after meeting with Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, Obi said all underprivileged Nigerians are his supporters.
“I have said it before when people talk about structure, that my structure [is] the 100 million Nigerians living in poverty. That’s five million people unemployed. Those people who are finding it difficult to live. Nigerians are here today spending over 100% of their money on feeding, that is my structure. And above all, the most important structure is the Almighty God.”
Also speaking, Ortom said the objective to salvage Nigeria must trump party politics, adding that he believes Obi is qualified to take the helm of affairs of the nation.
“Where we are today, we must work towards working together to ensure that we rescue Nigeria and rebuild it. I think Peter Obi’s credentials are very clear and everybody knows,” Ortorm said.
“If God decides that it’s him, then nobody can stop him. If God decides it’s somebody else, nobody can stop him. This is a welcome development, and I believe he will reach out to other presidential candidates of other political parties.”