Despite applauding Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP), for being acceptable, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi is sceptical that Obi will win the election next year.
Umahi gave a speech on Friday, September 9, in Abuja, after paying a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.
He asserted that even while Obi’s level of acceptance across the nation is heartening, particularly for the southeast region, it won’t be sufficient to overturn the decision.
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 movement. 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.
Umahi believes the “Peter Obi movement” is one built on equity, justice, and fairness.
He maintained, however, that;
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 southeast; it does have meaning”.
He also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu is poised to win next year’s presidential poll, arguing that the party has the “structure” and “spread” to achieve that.