The presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has announced a suspension of his 2023 presidential campaign while disclosing the reasons for doing so.
The former Anambra governor disclosed this on Wednesday when he visited the Benue State Governor in Abuja.
His decision was influenced by the plight of citizens who were affected by the flood that caused havoc in several places in the country last week.
Obi also called on the presidential candidates of Peoples Democratic Party, and the ruling All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu to follow suit.
According him, if the candidates can purchase their expression forms for millions of Naira, they should be able to render help to the victims who lost their properties during the flooding.
He said, ‘I personally stopped and told my people no more campaign, until we are able to visit some of the sites, at least sympathise with those going through problems.
‘I came to take permission and ask him (Ortom) that I want to visit some of the sites in Benue as I am going to do in one or two other states.
I am also calling other presidential candidates to stop campaigning and see what we can do.
‘If we can buy our forms for millions of naira, we should have some little thing to go, now that people are suffering, and at least show sympathy with them and then we can continue.’
Meanwhile, the Labour Party (LP) has lambasted the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over what they described as ‘blatant lies’, after the former FCT boss had on Monday claimed LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, arrested him in Anambra in 2013.
Africa Daily News, New York had earlier reported that El-Rufai had narrated the story of how he was arrested in Anambra State when Obi was governor a decade ago.
Shortly after making the claim, an old footage had gone viral almost immediately, purportedly showing where El-Rufai, in an interview after the supposed arrest, said three AK-47 wielding operatives picked him “threatening that they have directive from Abuja to restrict me to my room.”
However, Chief Spokesperson of LP Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Yunusa Tanko, at a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday, narrated what happened in Anambra in 2013, when he was the national chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC).