Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has said that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, isn’t an ethnic candidate.
Hakeem who met with the frontline presidential candidate on Friday said he wish those that see him in such light will get to know him better adding that “we could see a revolution.”
Baba-Ahmed is a retired federal permanent secretary, and a top member of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) made the statements via his official Twitter account.
“I spent valuable time with Mr Peter Obi this morning. I wish those who see him as an ethnic candidate can get to know him better. I also wish those who try to sell him will tone down his ethnic identity. I hope the nation will see the candidates up close, we could see a revolution.
While admitting that Peter Obi has passion and energy, Hakeem said Obi has massive problem with his primary Constituency, adding that they must unite behind him to let others see him as a Nigerian and not an Igbo person.
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“He has passion and energy. He also has massive problems with his primary constituency, which must unite behind him and show other Nigerians that he could be a good Nigerian (not Igbo) President.
“He is fighting on too many fronts, and some of his adversaries are secessionist,” he tweeted in response to one the reactions to the earlier tweet.
Obi’s meeting with Baba-Ahmed comes a few days after he visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, the former Anambra State governor; and Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former Kano State governor and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), are yet to agree on a presidential candidate and running mate.
While it is no longer possible for political parties to merge, in line with Section 81 (2) of the Electoral Act, both presidential candidates are working on a joint ticket with the hope of defeating the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and others in the February 25, 2023 presidential election.