The director general of the Peter Obi presidential campaign council has described as lacking in commonsense the article by Anambra Gov. Chukwuma Soludo in which he claimed former Anambra Gov. Peter Obi, who’s the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, would never win the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
Doyin Okupe, a medical doctor, stated this Tuesday while speaking on Channels TV.
On Monday, in an article entitled: ‘History Beckons and I Will Not Be Silent (Part 1),’ Soludo said it was impossible for Obi to win the 2023 election, drawing reactions on and off social and traditional media.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) spoke from a position of “political delusion,” Okupe said.
“Ordinarily, I won’t join issue with Soludo. But so that people will not get dis-informed by his very unsound judgment of the political status of Labour Party in the Nigerian context, that is the only reason why I will say one or two words.”
Okupe continued: “He must be living in another planet. I don’t know what is blinding him for him to say that there are only two people in this race — APC and PDP. Even a blind person and a young child of nine years old know that this is absolute fallacy.
“Professor Soludo must be indulging in self-political delusion. Today, 90 percent of polls done say Peter Obi is well ahead of the other contestants. It is no longer news that it is a three-cornered race.
“Even in the three-cornered race, we are no longer the third force. We have now taken over and bypassed the two establishments and these two are now contesting for second and third positions. Professor Soludo’s pronouncement has nothing to do with reality or common sense.”
Expressing confidence that his party would win the presidential election in all of the southeastern states of Nigeria, the former presidential spokesperson added that it is “ludicrous” for Soludo to say Obi will get only 25 per cent of the total votes cast in four states of Nigeria.
“I’m happy that he conceded that Peter Obi will win Anambra State. That is good news. Where he messed it up completely, and it makes the whole thing look ludicrous, was when he said Peter Obi will get 25 per cent in maybe four states of the federation,” Okupe said. “That is a joke.”
“Professor Soludo is a professor of economics, not a soothsayer or prophet. Definitely, he is not too grounded politically. The five states in the south-east, come rain and sunshine, nobody will beat Peter Obi.”