The Social Democratic Party has said the endorsement of Labour Party presidential candidate for the 2023 polls in Nigeria, Peter Obi, by former President Olusegun Obasanjo was of no consequence as it would not affect the chances of its presidential candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo.
The Eagle Online recalls that Obasanjo in a letter on Sunday to Nigerian youths backed Obi for the presidential poll.
The position of the SDP on the endorsement was contained in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary/Director, Media and Publicity, National Campaign Council, Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba on Sunday.
The statement said if anything, it has even enhanced the chances of Prince Adebayo.
Aiyenigba said the SDP presidential candidate undeniably meets the Southern presidency advocacy of many as led by the former president and many other prominent national leaders.
According to him: “Is Peter Obi’s endorsement by former President Obasanjo capable of affecting Adebayo’s chances at the polls? Not at all. If anything, it has even enhanced the chances of Prince Adewole Adebayo, the SDP candidate, considering that he ticks the boxes as espoused by the former president, Baba Obasanjo.
“Prince Adewole Adebayo undeniably meets the Southern presidency advocacy of many as led by the former president and many other prominent national leaders. Adebayo meets the boundless and essential energy requirement for the top job; he meets the requirements of deep grasps of transformational leadership and development issues; vision and soundness of mind, as well as the character and integrity quotient as listed.
“Adebayo is more youth-friendly in practical terms, considering the hundreds of jobs he has created through his various businesses and enterprises, as well as the huge verifiable number of young Nigerians he has empowered, still empowering and mentored and still mentoring.
“With this development, it’s therefore, getting crystal clear that the contest, is going to be a two-horse race between Prince Adewole Adebayo and Peter Obi, because they are both emblematic of the new realities of the need for a new generation of young leaders for our country and also the strongly evolving national quest for a new Nigeria – a nation that will be anchored on innovative, resources, honest and good leadership which will ultimately engender a good Nigerian society.”
This came as Chairman of the SDP, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, said that the presidential election would usher in the most visionary president in Nigeria’s history.
In his new year message to Nigerians, Gabam said at the moment, Nigerians were suffering as the economy was suffocating.
He urged all to work together to produce a leader that would ensure peace unity equity throughout the country.