2023: Northern PDP Governor, Peter Obi Meet Behind Closed Doors

Peter Obi

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, met behind closed doors in the Governor’s private residence in Abuja on Wednesday, July 20.

The meeting came less than 24 hours after the governor returned from his two weeks working leave and trip to the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and Benue governor Samuel Ortom addressed the media after meeting behind closed doors.

2023: Northern PDP Governor, Peter Obi Meet Behind Closed Doors

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Nathaniel Ikyur, indicates that the two leaders jointly addressed the media after the meeting.

Governor Ortom challenged presidential candidates of the various political parties in the coming general elections to put Nigeria above personal interests.

He said Nigerians were in dire need of people with “commitment and competence” that would fix the leadership crisis that had plunged the country into outright chaos.

The governor noted that the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Obi was one among those qualified Nigerians that the people were looking forward to having to take the country out of the leadership conundrum.

“Governor Ortom commended the decision of the former Anambra Governor to engage Nigerians, especially major players in the country’s politics, irrespective of political leaning on his desire to serve as the country’s next President. 

“He said even though he was a major stakeholder of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, the candidate considered him as a Nigerian to consult on his aspiration,” the statement read. 

Why I visited Governor Ortom

Meanwhile, the LP presidential candidate, according to the same statement published on Facebook, explained that the visit was to show respect to his former political ally in the PDP.

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He pointed out that though they were now in different political parties, their friendship as citizens of the country was most important.

In his response to the question that he did not have the needed structures to win elections, Obi stated that the millions of Nigerians who had been impoverished by bad leadership over an extended period “are my structures to win.”

He added that it was time for all hands to be on deck to correct the wrongs for a better Nigeria.

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