Emerging report indicates that the 15 political parties deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, under the aegis of the Coalition for Good Governance, CGG, have on Friday, declared support for the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, ahead of the 2023 Presidential election.
The CGG described Peter Obi as the most credible Candidate among the rest, including the Candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, and that of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement by its National Chairman, Okey Chikwendu, and Publicity Secretary, Don Anthony Harmattan, it said that the deregistered parties took the decision after carefully studying each Presidential Candidate, to know the most reliable and credible among them.
Recall, that INEC had in 2020, deregistered 74 political parties on the ground that they failed to meet the constitutional requirements that determine the continuous existence of political parties in the country, leaving 18, which passed its test.
The statement by the CGG reads: ”We have earlier stated that the outcome of the political parties primaries for the Presidential ticket and selection of the Vice Presidential tickets will determine which party we the Coalition for Good Governance, comprising of 15 deregistered political parties and some former Presidential Candidates, would endorse and support for the 2023 Presidential election.
“The choice is based on identifying the ticket with the most credible Candidates who are tested, trusted, and exhibit sufficient intellectual capacity to salvage our nation from the wreck we find ourselves and meet the yearnings of the Nigerian people which is equitable, fair and just irrespective of tribe or ethnicity.
“In furtherance to the above, the CGG on July 28, held a meeting in Abuja, well attended by the National Party Chairmen and former Presidential Candidates of deregistered political parties whereby they took a very critical appraisal of all the current Presidential contenders for the 2023 Presidential elections and their Vice, the house unanimously voted Peter Obi/Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as the most credible among the Candidates and as such resolved to support and work with them and their campaign group on the platform of Labour party.
“We therefore, agreed to rebrand our offices nationwide as Campaign support offices for the project. Our structures all over the 36 States and 774 Local Government Areas are henceforth required to support the Obi ticket.
“Nigerians have had enough of the disunity, eminent disintegration, lingering ASUU strike, terrorist threats, killings, kidnappings, hunger, unemployment, unbearable petrol cost and scarcity, high electricity tariffs, its epileptic situation, rising food cost, etc, and the continued lack of resolve by the establishment to put an end to these crises.
“We as Leaders in main stream politics in Nigeria, wish to make clear that only an efficient, effective and credible Candidate of renowned character can resolve most of Nigeria’s lingering problems, and we therefore, urge Nigerians to heed to our advice and support our goals of returning Nigeria as the true giant of Africa and the production hub of West Africa.”
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