APC & PDP underestimated Peter Obi & Obidients — Labaran Maku
A former Minister of Information and National Orientation from Nasarawa State, Mr. Labaran Maku, has admitted that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), underestimated the potentials of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, and his supporters known as the ‘Obidients’, hence their shoddy outing at the 2023 general election.
Mr. Maku made the admission on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s programme “Sunrise Daily” on the fallout of the 2023 elections.
Maku, who left PDP for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), further said that the two main parties underestimated Obi and his supporters because they claimed he lacked political structure.
They were, however, surprised by the outcome of the 2023 presidential election, which showed that the youths were very serious.
He said: “What happened in the presidential election as you could see was that there was this wave of young people, the ‘Obidients’ that we all took for granted and we were thinking Peter Obi was a joke. Where would he go?
“So, both PDP and the APC, we were thinking ‘This man does not have structure. He will not be able to do so much’.
“But the young people seized the initiative from the politicians. And for the first time – what we saw in Nasarawa, Edo, several other places, and in Delta State where the PDP vice presidential candidate comes from – we saw that young people were serious about what they were doing and they took advantage of social media to project a programme which has shaken the nation.”
While admitting that the party lost the presidential election in the state to the Labour Party, he claimed that the ruling All Progressives Congress win in the governorship poll was faulty.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the early hours of March 1, declared the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, president-elect after the 70-year-old polled 8,794,726 votes to win the 2023 presidential election.
However, Tinubu did not have it all rosy as the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Obi of the Labour Party, who emerged as a third force, shook the former governor, especially in Lagos State.
Obi trounced Tinubu in Lagos to win the presidential election in the state generally considered as a stronghold of the APC.
Following the declaration of Tinubu as president-elect, at least three political parties, including PDP, LP and NNPP, have challenged the victory at the Presidential Electoral Petition Tribunal. Read more.