The Labour Party (LP) candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi has affirmed that his vision for a new Nigeria remains resolute, despite the Supreme Court’s verdict on October 26, 2023.
Obi expressed his views during a press conference held in Abuja, marking approximately two weeks since the Supreme Court upheld President Bola Tinubu’s electoral victory on February 25, 2023, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Although Obi contested the Supreme Court’s judgment, he acknowledged that the legal battle for the last election has concluded. Addressing his supporters, who are affectionately referred to as ‘Obidients,’ the former governor of Anambra State emphasised that achieving a vision is a journey, not a singular event.
While Obi, a 62-year-old businessman, didn’t explicitly announce his candidature for the 2027 presidential election, he conveyed that his commitment to a new Nigeria is far from over.
He expressed his gratitude for the dedication and energy of Nigerian youths and the Obidient movement.
He stated, “I want to assure them that this is not the end of our journey but, in fact, the beginning. Nigerians heard you; the world has taken note, and we will not forget easily. We shall endure and persist until we reach our destination, because a new Nigeria is our destination. A destination is not an event.”
Obi and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, had contested the outcome of the last election, challenging Tinubu’s victory up to the Supreme Court.
Their appeals, which included allegations of double nomination, certificate forgery, non-electronic transmission of results, and other claims, were dismissed by the Justice John Okoro-led panel of the Supreme Court for lacking merit. The panel upheld Tinubu’s electoral win.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)