Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State says the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, does not have what it takes to defeat the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Umahi made this known on Friday while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He admitted that even though Obi is accepted in the South East and will get substantial votes in the region, Tinubu will still emerge as the next President in 2023.
The governor added that while Tinubu will win the 2023 presidential election, the former Lagos State Governor would have prepared a very good ground for the South East presidency in 2031.
He said: “He may not see it, but that is not to say that Peter Obi is not going to get substantial votes in the South East.
“So, while my party takes the victory, he would have prepared a very good ground for the south-east presidency, so that nobody is going to write us off. And you can see the level of his acceptability, which does not translate to victory over APC. I’m sure of that.
“But it’s a good move. And it reassures the south-east people and the entire country that we are accepted, you know; that we will one day become the president of this country. It is very important.
“The Peter Obi movement is a movement that is anchored on equity, justice and fairness. It may not translate to an outright win because I must defend my party; I must wish my party well and I have the ticket of my party. But whether what he is doing has meaning there, it is not only in the South East; it does have meaning.
“The structure and the spread of APC is such that victory is assured and I can assure you that some of the disagreements in some states are going to be resolved.
“Mechanism has been put in place by Mr. President, the candidate of the party, his vice and then the national chairman and leadership of the party, to sort out those differences.”
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