Two former heads of state have endorsed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, for the 2023 elections, convener of The BIG-TENT coalition of political parties, social movements and civil society organisations, Prof. Pat Utomi, has said.
According to him, the LP has enough positive structures in place than other political parties to recapture Nigeria from those who have held the country down.
Utomi, a political economist and former Director of Lagos Business School, stated these in Abuja on Friday during a town hall meeting organised by The BIG-TENT as part of activities to galvanise support for Obi, his running mate, Datti Ahmed and the LP.
He said The BIG-TENT had worked at developing real structures for Obi, adding that oppositions to ‘Obidients’ would be shocked by the result.
Utomi, who did not give names of the former state heads, said, “Money alone doesn’t win elections. Two former heads of state have said to me they are Obidients. A lot of people want to join the (Obidient) movement, without joining the Labour Party to ensure that Obi and Baba-Ahmed win to capture our country back from those who have held us down.
“The LP has better structures than the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress. When people talk about structures, I kind of laugh because they don’t understand the meaning of structure. The structure is a criminal network of people who can fix elections and we have to stop that; that’s not structure.
“We at The BIG-TENT have worked at developing real structures and they are going to be shocked at what they will see. Many of the Peter Obi Support Groups have structures on their own that can win these elections. At every poll during the election day, we will have 20 people who belong to these structures.
“When they get to the polling units, it won’t be business as usual. And when they try to mess things up by doctoring Information Technology from the Independent National Electoral Commission, they will meet us there because we know they are planning things like that, but they will meet us there with technology.”