Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi has emerged the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 general elections.
Obi won the ticket on Monday at presidential primary of the party held in Asaba, Delta State capital.
A total of 185 delegates had been accredited to vote in the exercise to elect one of four aspirants seeking to clinch the party’s presidential ticket.
However all three co-contenders – Professor Pat Utomi, Olubusola Emmanuel-Tella, and Faduri Joseph – stepped down for Mr Obi.
Obi, who enjoys widespread acceptance across the country, clinched the Labour Party’s ticket barely a week after he announced his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as his withdrawal from the primary election of the main opposition party.
In a letter dated May 24, 2022, the former governor bemoaned “recent developments” within the PDP, which he said had made it practically impossible for him to continue participating and making constructive contributions to national development.
The nation’s challenges are deep-seated and require profound sacrifices towards rescuing the country, Obi had said.
He joined the Labour Party three days after he dumped the PDP