Nigeria 2023: Will Peter Obi convince supporters to turn out for gubernatorial polls?

By Ben Ezeamalu

Posted on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 10:18
Presidential candidate of Labour Party Peter Obi looks on during the party campaign rally in Lagos, on February 11, 2023. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The dust of Nigeria's 2023 presidential election is yet to settle. Although the electoral commission has announced the winner, supporters of the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, are claiming victory. A large number of Obi's supporters, however, are disappointed with the outcome. Obi still has to galvanise them to vote in the governorship election on 11 March.

Although Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), was defeated in the 25 February election, the performance of the party in the polls has buoyed up the chances of their governorship candidates.

Obi, 61, secured 6.1 million votes to finish third in the presidential election, behind the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar who got 6.9 million votes. Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress polled 8.7 million votes to emerge the president-elect.