Anastacia Eluwa, Asaba
The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi on Monday emerged the labour party Presidential Candidate after pulling 96 out of 98 total delegate votes cast.
Mr. Obi who is the former Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in 2019 was declared winner of the party Presidential primary election that was held in Asaba by the Chairman of a 7-Member election Committee, Alhaji Aliyu Abdullahi.
Five Presidential aspirants were cleared to contest the primary election, of which Charles Uchenna withdrew, while Joseph Oluwadare and Prof. Pat Utomi stepped down for Peter Obi.
The only female aspirant, Olubusola Emmanuel announced her withdrawal while voting had commenced, saying that the decision to step down for Mr. Obi was for the interest of the party.
According to the Electoral Committee Chairman, Mr. Peter Obi pulled a total of 96 out of 98 votes cast, adding that one invalid vote was invalid while Prof. Utomi got one vote.
The primary election was witnessed and monitored by INEC and supporters as well as the National Working Committee and members of the party.
In his acceptance speech, the Labour party Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi said that the journey of building a functional country has just begun.
He assured the party faithful that he would work with them to achieve success.
“All of us will join hands together to ensure all of us deliver this country from the shackles of poverty and wastages”, he posited.
Earlier, the National Chairman of Labour party, Mr. Julius Abure assured aspirants of a level playing ground, urging delegates not to compromise their conscience.
He noted that the Labour party had resolved to rescue Nigeria from her prevailing woes of insecurity and economic hardship.
According to him, There is a clarion call for us to effect the necessary change that will bring about a better Nigeria.
“We are here for quality leadership. Nigerians have seen the Labour party as an alternative party”, he added.