Some members of the Labour Party (LP) in the northwest zone have dumped the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Bashir Ishaq, speaking on behalf of some LP candidates in the north-west, said they are ready to work for Tinubu’s victory using their structures in the zone.
Ishaq, who now leads the Game Changers For Asiwaju/Shettima, said they have all defected to the ruling party.
“As a coalition of LP gubernatorial, senatorial and house of representatives and house of assembly members from the north-west, chairmen and members of campaign council, members of the gubernatorial campaign council in Kano and the north-west and zonal state coordinators, we have decided as a group to unanimously endorse the candidature of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he said.
“We have also resolved to leverage our existing political structures to work on the mobilisation and swinging of votes to ensure his emergence as the president of the federal republic of Nigeria in the 2023 presidential election.
“We shall be known as the Game Changers for Asiwaju/Shettima 2023 and our slogan is ‘swinging votes’.
“By decision, we have also made the firm decision that we have returned to the fold of the All Progressives Congress.”
In a related development, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Leloonu Nwibubasa, has blasted Governor Nyesom Wike for asking the people of the state to vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In an open letter addressed to Wike on Sunday, Nwuibubasa advised the governor to stop begging the people to vote for Tinubu because they cannot save him from his political doom.
The spokesman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers said the governor only thinks about himself alone, hence his endorsement of the APC flagbearer.
The former Commissioner for Employment Generation and Economic Empowerment added that Rivers people jettisoned their power rotation arrangement to elect Wike as governor.
The letter reads: “Your Excellency, I heard you on national television begging Rivers People to save your political career by voting APC Bola Ahmed Tinubu for President.
“The question is, why is everything about Your Excellency’s own self-preservation? Has Rivers State not sacrificed enough for Your Excellency?
“You trained as a lawyer at the Rivers State University. You were elected Chairman of your Local Government Council twice. You were appointed Chief of Staff to the Governor of Rivers State for 4 years.
“You were appointed a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Rivers State. You got elected as Governor of Rivers State and are about to complete 8 years in office.
“Your Excellency, you have been in office for about half of your current age, all by the magnanimity of Rivers People.
“Rivers people jettisoned their power rotation arrangement to elect Your Excellency as Governor. It was all fair because you were the beneficiary. The bullets snuffed life out of many for Your Excellency’s ascendancy.
“Many have forfeited their own personal ambitions and purpose to feed their own unending drive for power (give me pawaa, I want to take pawaa, you said).
“Your brothers, your friends, your kinsmen all supported your ambition to become the presidential candidate of the PDP.
“They denied their own desire to support yours. Their lives were at various times at risk in the air as they flew with Your Excellency from state to state.”
Nwibubasa stated that Wike prevented people from competing in councilorship and chairmanship elections and also appoint State and National Assembly members.
He added that the Governor prevented his friends and associates who were interested in contesting the gubernatorial election from purchasing nomination forms and campaigning.
He added: “You prevent competition even in Councilorship and chairmanship elections. You appoint Assembly members. You nominate all National Assembly candidates.
“You forbid all your friends and associates who were interested in contesting the gubernatorial election from purchasing nomination forms and from consultations and campaigning to the electorate. In fact, they were not even aware of who the delegates that will elect them are.
“In all, no one dares challenge your least opinion. The ones you appointed as Commissioners live as slaves. They are only entitled to crumbs from the master’s table.
“You sapped self-esteem from all local Government Chairman. Took away dignity from our Royal Fathers (you this small boy wearing Usman Dan Fodio cap). You desecrated the Altar of God by raining curses from the altar (thunder fire them). Our senior citizens you denied their benefits and gratuity.
“The civil servants under Your Excellency are not worthy of reward or promotion. Our primary and secondary schools are without teachers, without seats, and without roofs.
“Our health centers and General Hospitals are without Doctors, without nurses, and without drugs. Built mother and child hospitals and zonal hospitals under lockdown. The students on scholarship abroad sponsored by the previous administration didn’t spare to withdraw from overseas studies. The ones at home are not qualified to have bursary allowances.
“The teeming youths you promised time and time again to provide employment for, a promise you never intended to fulfill. Market women, you kept outside built shops. The business of the no-indigenes, especially the Ikoku traders you destroyed.
“Songhai farm you abandoned. Buguma fish farm you abandoned.
“Largest Rivers State-owned shopping mall built by His Excellency Sir Celestine Omehia you abandoned, erecting your personal hyper city malls. You disbanded Timariv leading to the loss of hundreds of jobs. Recruited, trained, and abandoned without pay, thousands of Neighborhood Watch.
“I can go on and on. Our Rivers money you donated at will to fan the embers of your ego while Rivers State is ranked among the top eight poorest states in Nigeria. Yes, Your Excellency built roads and flyovers but left undone the more important task of building lives. You artificially created poverty to keep us all under your powerful control.
“You gained fame but now you have fallen to blame. You built flyovers but you will be run over. You thought you can catch the wind. But deep down your soul is a grievous wound. Now that the hunter is being hunted. He needs the captives to rescue the captor.
“Your Excellency everything we could give to save your political career, you have already taken it away from us. Now to your tenth oh Rivers people and To Your Excellency, Save Yourself.”