Nigeria 2023: Is the Labour Party’s woeful outing in Ekiti, Osun a concern for Peter Obi?

By Akin Irede
Posted on Friday, 22 July 2022 09:27

Peter Obi, Labour party candidate
Peter Obi, Labour party candidate (rights reserved)

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, seeks to break the 23-year duopoly of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February Presidential election in Nigeria. However, the woeful performance of his party in the last two governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun have now become a cause for concern

Millions of Nigerians stayed glued to their television sets last Sunday to watch the live announcement of the results of the keenly contested Osun State governorship election. While the ruling APC polled 375,027 votes; the main opposition PDP got 403, 371.

However, the Labour Party polled just 2, 729 out of the 804, 450 votes cast despite the rising popularity of its Presidential candidate, Obi, who had also visited the state ahead of the election to campaign for his party’s governorship candidate, Lasun Yusuff, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.