Obi will not win 2023 Presidential election, says Soludo


Anambra state governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has said that the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, will not win in the 2023 general election.
In a statement titled ‘History Beckons and I Will Not Be Silent (Part 1), Soludo said Obi candidature is aimed at splitting the support for the People Democratic Party (PDP), for Bola Tinubu, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the presidential election.
Soludo’s statement came following criticisms of the his recent comment on the worth of investment Obi made for the state when the latter was governor.
The governor had in a recent interview on Channels Television, said the investments by Obi for Anambra are now “worth next to nothing”.
Reacting to the criticism, Soludo said the LP candidate is well aware of the “game” he is playing, stressing that with LP, Obi does not have the necessary structure in place to win the presidency.
“My attention has been drawn to some of the tirades on social media following my frank response during an interview on Channels TV regarding the “investments” Mr. Peter Obi claimed to have made with Anambra state revenues”, the statement reads.
“Sadly, several of the comments left the issue of the interview to probe or suggest motives, inferred from my response on “investment” that I am opposed to Peter Obi’s ambition and therefore committed a “crime” for which the punishment is internecine abuse and harassment even to my family.
“Some people even suggest that the gunmen who went to attack a checkpoint at my hometown on Saturday 12th November but were gunned down was part of the mob reaction.
“I used to think that for decent people, certain conducts are off-limits, and that in Anambra, politics is not warfare.
Of course, as a Christian, I know that telling the truth can be very costly, even suicidal. Our Lord and saviour was crucified simply for telling the truth the people did not want to hear.
“I promised that I won’t be the usual politician, and will not knowingly lie to the people. I am not an Angel but rather than knowingly repeat the same deceitful character that politicians are known for, I would leave public office. It is a vow I made to my God and to my family…
“Let’s be clear: Peter Obi knows that he can’t and won’t win. He knows the game he is playing, and we know too; and he knows that we know,” the article reads in part.
“The game he is playing is the main reason he didn’t return to APGA. The brutal truth (and some will say, God forbid) is that there are two persons/parties seriously contesting for president: the rest is exciting drama!
“That many Americans may not like the fact that Joe Biden (79 years) and Donald Trump (76 years) are two frontrunners for president in their parties does not remove the fact that if both of them emerge as candidates, definitely one of them will be president in 2024.
“As my brother, I wish him well and even pray for him. I told him during his courtesy call that my prayer is that himself or Prof Umeadi of APGA would win, why not?
“That is from my heart, but I also told him that my head and facts on the ground led me to know that it’s probability is next to zero (what I cannot say before you, I won’t say behind you).
“So I already told him my opinion. Indeed, there is no credible pathway for him near the first two positions, and if care is not taken, he won’t even near the third position.”


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