Peter Obi “morally compromised” social media politician: Sule Lamido

Former Jigawa Governor Sule Lamido chastised Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi as a “morally compromised” politician.

He also described Mr Obi’s presidential ambition as a “social media gimmick”.

“The younger generation is looking for fancy things,” said Mr. Lamido, a 73-year-old career politician. “Peter Obi is morally compromised, he should have stayed in the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and promoted the party in Nigeria.”

“He came from a section party, a party from a particular enclave and that’s what made him what he is,” Mr. Lamido continued, “Now if he believes in the APGA history and in his own philosophy after joining the PDP, he should not have gone to the Labor Party.

Mr Lamido claimed Mr Obi was “now becoming nomadic, going from party to party, but he is a good man”.

“What happens with him is a social media thing,” Lamido added.

Mr. Lamido, a leader of the PDP, said this in an interview with the Vanguard newspaper on Saturday.

During the 2019 presidential election, Mr Obi was former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s running mate on the PDP platform. He left the party in May to choose the Labor Party ticket just two weeks later.

Mr. Atiku is again the PDP candidate for the 2023 elections and he enjoys the support of his northern compatriot, Mr. Lamido.

Much of Mr Obi’s bid for the presidency hinges on the sentiment that a southerner should succeed northern-born President Buhari after eight years in power.

Thousands of young Nigerians online, tagged OBIdients, are mobilizing support for the Labor Party candidate whom they see as a positive departure from the old political war horses that have ruined their chances of prosperity.

Speaking at a conference organized by the Revival House of International Church (RHOGIC) in Abuja a few weeks ago, Mr Obi instructed Nigerians to take back their country from the “mad politicians” who took control of politics.

“Crazy people have taken over our politics,” Obi said. “We cannot allow this gangsterism to continue, Nigerians should take back their country. Seventy percent of those in politics today should have no reason to be there. I said it, politics in Nigeria is a case where lunatics have taken over the asylum.

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