I knew Obi Wouldn’t Win 2023 Presidential Poll-Wike

I knew Obi Wouldn’t Win 2023 Presidential Poll-Wike

Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister, Nyesom Wike, has said Labour Party’s candidate, Peter Obi couldn’t have scaled through the judgement of the Wednesday Presidential Petition Tribunal over the 2023 presidential elections.

Though Wike, commended the process of the judiciary in 2007, when Obi reclaimed his mandate as governor of Anambra State but expressed doubt that he could have won his claims at the PEPT.

He made this known in an exclusive interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Thursday.

“Did Peter Obi not win at the Supreme Court when he was removed as governor? Did he pay bribe? Let him tell the world now,” Wike said.

“When he was removed as a governor, did he not reclaim his mandate at the Supreme Court? Judiciary was right but now that the decision happened, judiciary is wrong.”

On Wednesday 6, 2023, the Presidential Election Petitions Court had after a 12-hour judgment, ruled out the petitions of the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, the petitions of Peoples Democratic Party PDP and its flag, Atiku Abubakar; as well as that of Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

The development followed the verdict of a five-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, which not only dismissed the consolidated petitions of the PDP, the APM, and the LP, but affirmed the victory of Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, in the presidential poll.

Speaking further on Channels Television programme Thursday, Wike said he is a realist and he knew Obi won’t win the February 25, 2023 poll.

“I know that he won’t win the election. Let me tell you the truth, I am a realist,” the FCT minister said, explaining that he supported Tinubu rather than Obi or Atiku, who happened to be in the same party as himself (Wike).

“For me, the way the election went, it was a tough election. I give it to INEC (the Independent National Electoral Commission),” he said.

According to him, aside sentiments, Obi couldn’t have won the election. “Yes, as a young man, people would have preferred that but look at how the votes went,” he said.

The minister added, “There is this generational change, the young people were tired. So, for them, the only hope they had was to vote for Obi as a younger person compared to other candidates.

“But unknown to them, that is not the reality of Nigerian politics. They didn’t take into cognisance that ethnicity is a factor. They didn’t take into cognisance that religion is a factor, not only competence; that is the reality of Nigerian politics.


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