Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labor Party (LP) in the 2023 elections, indicated that his political ambitions are far from over. If he doesn’t emerge victorious in 2023, he plans to contest again in 2027.
In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on his appeal against the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC) decision on Thursday, October 26, 2023, Obi expressed his gratitude towards Nigerians for their support throughout the election, assuring them that the journey has merely begun.
“Those who supported us did so out of their love for Nigeria, believing that our nation needs dedicated and visionary leadership to drive towards a better future. The passion and commitment of Nigerian youth and the obedient movement are simply amazing,” Obi said.
“I respect and appreciate them, and I want to reassure everyone that our work here is not done. The world took note of our efforts and won’t forget them. We will keep striving until our goal of a new Nigeria is achieved. This is our destiny, not just an event,” he added, hinting at his intentions to run for president in 2023.
Describing his dismay at the Supreme Court’s decision that contradicted the clear evidence of electoral irregularities, Obi declared the judgement as being in deep conflict with national ethos. He expressed his grave concerns over the judiciary’s willful disregard for public opinion.
Obi took issue with the PEPC and Supreme Court’s rulings on the February 25, 2023 presidential election results as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), highlighting that the Supreme Court is the ultimate platform for legal resolution.
Stressing his commitment to the pursuit of a new Nigeria, Obi spoke of creating a nation where values are upheld, and the economy is production-oriented. In this new Nigeria, he envisions a system where opportunity, resources, and privileges are dispersed transparently and equitably.
As an opposition party, the Labor Party and the Obidient movement, are determined to expand their message of hope to the nation. They assure to remain loyal to their manifesto and focus on good governance, promoting national unity and cohesion. The party also plans to ensure judicial integrity during future elections.
The Labor Party pledges to fight against the existing system, which appears to have sidelined the objectives of good governance such as cost-effective management, promoting production, curbing inflation, and ensuring security and accountability.
Obi thanked all those who supported him, stressing their common objective of constructing a functional Nigeria that benefits all of its inhabitants. He expressed gratitude to those who believed in their vision and to the legal team that supported them in their fight for justice and a better Nigeria.
On a personal note, Obi stated that he is proud of those who share their vision. His faith in the potential of a new Nigeria guided by character, skill, compassion, sincerity, and respect for the rule of law, remains strong, he concluded.