The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the Labor Party (LP) has asked its 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, to admit defeat and congratulate President Bola Tinubu .
Spokesperson of the LP faction, Abayomi Arabambi, made this known in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja.
Arabambi urged Atiku and Obi to borrow a letter from President George Weah, who admitted defeat in the Liberian presidential election to former Vice President Joseph Boakai.
He said both Weah and Boakai had proven that any election was not a do-or-die affair or a war to be won at any cost.
Arguing that former President Goodluck Jonathan had also followed the same stance, Arabambi urged Ariku and Obi to join Tinubu in rebuilding the country.
He said, “It is time for former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and former Governor of Anambra State and Presidential Candidate of LP, Mr. Peter Obi, to congratulate President Bola Tinubu after exploring all the options available under the Constitution and Electoral Act.
“An official who, despite losing his second term as president yesterday, did not wait for anyone to congratulate the winner. As a responsible leader, former President Goodluck Jonathan also did the same as George Weah and today he is considered a great pillar of democracy.
“The Labor Party therefore appeals to Obi’ and Atiku to support the administration and have faith in the ongoing reforms. We expected this duo to bury the hatchet and join hands with the President in implementing the Renewed Hope Agenda. Nigerian leaders should emulate this spirit of sportsmanship.”
Recall that Boakai, who was the 29th vice president of Liberia under former president Ellen Sirleaf Johnson from 2006 to 2018, defeated incumbent George Weah.
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Weah, a former World Player of the Year award winner, conceded defeat after the country’s electoral judge declared Boakai the winner with 50.9% of the vote while Weah won 49.1%.
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