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Labour Party will weather internal storms, says Peter Obi

Amid Factional Disputes, Obi Expresses Confidence in Party's Resilience and Focus on Nigerian Welfare

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Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, has exuded confidence in the party’s ability to overcome internal challenges and emerge stronger. Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, Obi addressed ongoing disputes within the party, emphasizing their relative insignificance compared to the turmoil engulfing major political rivals.

While the Labour Party contends with attempts by the Nigerian Labour Congress to unseat its National Chairman, Julius Abure, alongside challenges posed by factional leader Lamidi Apanpa, Obi remains optimistic about the party’s trajectory.

“I can tell you that the issue will be solved,” Obi assured reporters. “Let me tell you, the abnormalities you imagined in the Labour Party are a child’s play when compared to what is happening in the other two parties (APC and PDP). It is far worse. But it is something that can be dealt with. We are dealing with a system.”

Highlighting the pressing need to prioritize the welfare of ordinary Nigerians over political wrangling, Obi urged a shift in focus towards addressing societal challenges. Dismissing speculations about his alleged presidential ambitions, he reiterated his commitment to alleviating the plight of the underprivileged.

“We live in a system where public office holders and politicians are only seen during elections,” Obi lamented. “I have said it several times that I am not desperate to become the President of Nigeria. But I am desperate to see the poor and underprivileged Nigerians being pulled out of their difficult situation daily.”

Obi also outlined his vision for infrastructure development, advocating for a strategic approach focused on repairing existing roads before embarking on new projects. He underscored the urgency of addressing the deplorable state of major highways, emphasizing the need for prudent allocation of resources.

“In this country, we are always trying to do things anyhow,” Obi criticized. “Today, you can’t move from Lagos to Badagry, a short period of less than 100 kilometres. It has been under construction for several years… When I was governor of Anambra State, I started by completing the roads started by my predecessor before thinking of doing new ones.”

In response to queries about the party’s financial transparency, Obi confirmed the initiation of a forensic audit into the party’s accounts, underscoring the importance of accountability. However, he cautioned against premature disclosure of audit findings, citing the time-intensive nature of financial investigations.

While challenges persist within the Labour Party, Obi’s steadfast leadership and commitment to social welfare signal a determined effort to navigate turbulent waters and uphold the party’s principles.

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