A Minster and a former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Mukhtar Shagari, has revealed that he was one of the first people contacted by the Labour Party to become Peter Obi’s running mate in the build-up to next year’s election.
Shagari, who was speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today which was monitored by Africa Today New York last night claimed that he had declined the opportunity because he did not believe Obi stood a chance in 2023.
‘The Labour party contacted me and requested if I would like to be the Vice Presidential candidate to Peter Obi,’ the PDP chieftain said.
‘And I looked at the political scenario, what Labour party is, and decided that I cannot be the Vice Presidential candidate to Peter Obi.
‘I do not see the path through which Peter Obi will win the election in this country.
‘It is so clear that in areas in the South-East, and young people are shouting about him on social media – yes, it’s politics.
‘But the truth of the matter is that there are two dominant parties in this country – APC and PDP. If you want to become President, I think you must belong to one of them.’
Shagari also said zoning is not a constitutional matter as it is not provided in the nation’s constitution.
‘it’s purely a party affair,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Peter Obi has announced a plan to present its list of council nominees to Nigerians on Wednesday (today)
This was disclosed in an invitation card shared by the Director General of the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Doyin Okupe.
The development is coming four days after the LP presidential candidate launched an official website to promote his political campaign and solicit funds ahead of the 2023 presidential election.