Fresh twist has emerged in the keenly contested 2023 presidential race involving the candidates of the All Progressives Congress APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Atiku Abubakar; the Labour Party LP, Peter Obi; and the New Nigeria People’s Party NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso as front runners.
The Oyo state Labour Party’s governorship candidate has revealed how the president-elect Bola Tinubu asked popular economist, Prof. Pat Utomi to step down for Peter Obi in the buildup to the 2023 general elections.
Akinwale made the disclosure while speaking as a guest on a radio programme on 101.7 YES FM, Ibadan, Oyo State, monitored by MOUTHPIECENNGR while alleging that Obi received campaign funds from Utomi, whom he described as Tinubu’s “son.”
The LP aspirant, who spoke in Yoruba language, said:
“In the buildup to the 2023 elections, Obi who had purchased the nomination form of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), suddenly announced his exit from the party.
“Initially, Pat Utomi had secured the LP’s presidential ticket, but when Peter Obi said he resigned from the PDP and joined the LP. Bola Tinubu, a master political strategist, quickly told Utomi, that everyone knows to be his son to step down for Obi.
“The “president-elect” saw in Obi’s presidential bid, a good chance to reduce the winning chances of the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
“What Peter Obi didn’t know is much more that what he knows, he started collecting campaign funds from Utomi, while Tinubu was giving the money to Utomi.
“This went on until Obi’s presidential campaign got to a stage it went beyond target. Obi was used without him knowing,” Akinwale said after announcing his departure from the party.
Obi defected to the LP after resigning his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and also withdrawing from the presidential race under the party.
The former governor consequently joined the race for the party’s presidential ticket, while Professor Pat Utomi, in June 2022 stepped down for him to emerge as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, unopposed in Asaba, Delta State.