- Peter Ob’s presidential ambition has been dismissed by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state
- El-Rufai stated that Obi does not have the required spread and numbers to defeat the APC and PDP in a national election
- Going further, the governor likened the Labour Party presidential candidate to a movie practitioner in Nigeria
FCT, Abuja – Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has dismissed the chances of Peter Obi of Labour Party winning the presidential election.
Speaking to Television Continental on Thursday, February 2, El-Rufai, a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, said Obi does not have the necessary support across all states to win the presidential contest.
El-Rufai described the LP candidate as a Nollywood actor, arguing that Obi can only expect significant votes from the southeast and south-south, but not from northern Nigeria and the southwest.
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“Peter Obi is polling one percent in Sokoto; two percent in Katsina; five percent in Kano. That’s where the votes are. All states are not equal.
“The fact that you’re doing 70 percent in Anambra state does not mean somebody doing 10 percent in Kano is not better than you. Kano is four million votes that actually happen.
“The number of votes in Anambra is the size of one local government area in Kaduna state. So, all states are not equal.
“Peter Obi cannot win the election. He doesn’t have the number of states; he doesn’t have 25 percent — the last time we checked — in more than 16 states. He can’t go anywhere.
“Peter Obi is a Nollywood actor and that’s all he will be. This election is between the APC and PDP because they have the footprint; they have the spread. Ethnicity and religious bigotry will not take you anywhere and that’s what the Labour Party campaign is about.”
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Meanwhile, Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has endorsed Obi as its preferred candidate for the presidential election.
Channels Television reports that the forum took the decision after its extraordinary meeting in Abuja on Thursday, February 2.
The leadership of the forum is made up of the Middle Belt, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, and the Pan Niger Delta Forum.
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Recall that El-Rufai on Wednesday, February 1, said some elements in the APC are working against Tinubu’s presidential aspiration.
He said those against Tinubu are still aggrieved their preferred presidential aspirant did not win the APC primary election.
Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, voiced her support for El-Rufai by sharing a clip of the Kaduna governor’s video on her social media pages.
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On his part, Atiku Abubakar, PDP presidential candidate, on Wednesday, February 1, said Tinubu is trying to detach himself from the APC due to the party’s failures.
Tinubu had complained about Nigeria’s exchange rate saying it has gone up from from N200 to N800.
Earlier in Abeokuta, Tinubu complained about the scarcity of the new naira notes and petroleum products.
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