Peter Obi and Kwankwaso

Obi’s absence stalls campaign, Kwankwaso intensifies consultation

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The leadership of Labour Party says the inauguration of its presidential campaign council cannot be conducted in the absence of LP Chairman, Julius Abure and flagbearer, Peter Obi.

This is even as the camp of the New Nigerian Peoples Party’s presidential candidate, Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso, revealed that he is focused on consultation and creating campaign offices ahead of the 2023 election.

Both Obi and Abure are currently attending rallies organised by Nigerians living in the United States.

The PUNCH had on Monday reported how LP presidential candidate rolled out his governance agenda to Nigerians in Diaspora.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Nigeria Diaspora and Capacity Building’, in Michigan, Obi stated that if elected president, his administration would drastically reduce the cost of governance.

The former Anambra State governor further stated that the reduction in cost of governance will help reduce the nation’s debt and tackle corruption.

But on Tuesday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Abayomi Arabambi, told our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday that the constitution of the campaign council is being reviewed.

This is even as he disclosed that an inauguration date cannot be given in the absence of the party chairman and the candidate.

“He said, “The LP chairman and candidate are not around. They are currently attending rallies in the UK. No date can be taken for the unveiling of the PCC until the chairman and the candidate sit together. But we are still reviewing the list of nominees.”

When asked about the allegation that there are some controversial names in the composition of Labour Party PCC that is breeding bad blood among members, Arabambi claimed that he is not aware.

“The party is not privy to that. But whatever the case may be, the matter will be brought before the NWC and I am sure it will be resolved.

“I also agree with you that sometimes the constitution of the campaign council often comes with pressure as every party member will clamour for inclusion in the list,” he said.

In a related development, the Spokesperson of Rabiu Kwankwaso Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ladipo Johnson, said the delay in the announcement of the NNPP campaign council was not deliberate.

He explained that the delay was a result of Kwankwaso’s consultation and political itinerary which has seen him open up more offices across the country.

He said, “Our PCC is not being delayed deliberately. It will come out this week. It is just being done thoroughly. You will get a comprehensive list of the nominees this week.

“If you have been following our activities, you will know Kwankwaso has been busy opening up more offices and commissioning campaign centres all over the country. This has made our base to become energized. People are turning out to receive him.

“We agreed that the campaign has started but this campaign season is not like the normal one where you have them around November to December, just two months to campaign and election in February.

“But here we have about five months of the campaign to do things properly and know what we are doing. We still have enough time to bring the message home to Nigerians.”

On the issue of the candidate’s manifesto, the lawyer assured the reporter that it is ready.

“But we are planning to present it properly and that will be his social contract to Nigerians. A date will be announced for it in few days. But I am hopeful it can’t go beyond next week.”

When asked about the states Kwankwaso is targeting to get his campaign on track, Johnson declined to comment further on it, saying they cannot afford to divulge such a strategy to the media.

He said, “But I can assure you that we are covering all the states that are necessary for us to make an impact to win the election by also getting the needed 25 per cent in two-thirds of the states.”


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