Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi has told his Obidient movement to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Cross River state, Sandy Onor.
The PDP chairman in the state, Venatius Ikem, said this in Calabar on Monday when he spoke with journalists about Mr. Obi’s endorsement of Mr. Onor for the March 18 governorship election.
During a live interview on a local TV station, Mr Obi said the Labour Party would partner some governorship candidates in some states for the polls.
“There are some states where my Party, LP, doesn’t have candidates, and we are partnering some good candidates in those states to ensure victory for them. We have good candidates in Lagos, Delta, Plateau, Nasarawa, Enugu, Abia, and a few others. But in Cross River, we have agreed to align with the PDP and its candidate, Prof Sandy Onor,” the former PDP member explained.
He added, “He is a very good candidate who enjoys strong support from the people. I urge all ‘Obidients’ in Cross River to support and cast their votes for Prof Onor, who is a current senator.”
He said: “Nigerian politics has been largely transactional. When we started the Obidients movement people didn’t believe what we were trying to do. The consequence is that we didn’t have candidates in most states.
“Because being a traditional thing, people like to be where things are shared. So nobody believed that a party without a councillor or local government chairmen can just rise up and become something. So we didn’t have candidates in most places.
“Few places we were able to have candidates, I can say, were first-class candidates. In some places[where we don’t have candidates], we’ll work with some good candidates. In the Southeast, we only have candidates in two states.
“We’re urging people to support [Labour Party’s adopted candidates] where we’re going to have partnerships like in Cross River State, where we have someone like Prof Sandy Onor of the PDP, we consider him an excellent candidate.
“For me, it’s about having competent, credible people who have proven integrity that can do well. We’re not saying it must be the Labour Party always. Where we think we have good people we’ll support them. It must not be [Labour Party] but wherever there is a better candidate. It’s time we build this institution and ensure we do the right thing. For me, I want people to indicate places where we have good candidates and we’ll go and support them.”