The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has said he is not worried about the popularity of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
Naija News reports that Atiku stated this in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) during the week.
Asked if he is bothered by Obi’s growing popularity among the youths, Atiku said, “Absolutely not, it doesn’t worry me, because the demography of the youth varies from region to region, and it is not in all regions of the country that the preponderance of the youth is moving towards Labour in South or South-East.”
Meanwhile, Dino Melaye had in a statement on Saturday accused Peter Obi of splitting the votes of the PDP presidential candidate.
Melaye, who accused Peter Obi’s supporters known as ‘Obidients’ of working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, urged the former Anambra State governor to “come back home” to support Atiku in order to stop the continuation of APC in government.
The former lawmaker claimed that Peter Obi would not win the presidential election because the Labour Party does not have the structure to do so.
While stating that Obi lacks the capacity to unite Nigeria, he noted that the Labour Party has only 30 senatorial candidates as against the 109 senatorial seats.
He, however, claimed that Obi cannot stop Atiku’s victory in 2023, adding that any vote for Peter Obi is a vote for the APC.
He said, “I will start without coloring it. And Nigerians must know that any vote for Peter Obi is a vote for APC because Peter Obi cannot make it. So, anybody that is voting for the Labour Party is actually voting for Tinubu. Anybody that is campaigning for Peter Obi is actually praying and working for Tinubu to become the President of the Republic of Nigeria because if you are voting for Peter Obi, you are depleting the votes of the PDP because Peter Obi cannot make it.
The truth of the matter is that the Labour Party only fielded 30 out of 109 candidates for the Senate. So who is going to protect the votes of the Labour party when even fielding candidates for 109 senatorial seats they couldn’t? They only fill that in 30 constituencies. Even the House of Representatives, they couldn’t field in every constituency. For the House of Assembly, they couldn’t fill up to 50 percent across the country.”