The 15 political parties deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have volunteered to rebrand their campaign offices and structures across the 36 states and 77 Local Government Areas in support of Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The organisation, under the aegis of Coalition for Good Governance (CGG) disclosed this on Friday, August 5, 2022, Punch reports.
According to the coalition, Obi remained the only candidate out of all the contestants for the 2023 presidency that is capable of saving Nigeria from an impending disintegration.
In a statement jointly issued by its national chairman, Okey Chikwendu, and Publicity Secretary, Don Anthony Harmattan, the deregistered parties claimed it took the decision after a careful evaluation of each presidential candidate to know the most credible and reliable among them.
CGG also noted that the deregistered parties still have their structures in place, adding that they would all support and work for the ambition of Obi in 2023.
The statement read,”We have earlier stated that the outcome of the political parties primaries for the presidential ticket and selection of the vice presidential tickets will determine which party we, the Coalition for Good Governance comprising of 15 deregistered political parties and some former presidential candidates would endorse and support for the 2023 presidential election.
“The choice is based on identifying the ticket with the most credible candidates who are tested, trusted, and exhibit sufficient intellectual capacity to salvage our nation from the wreck we find ourselves and meet the yearnings of the Nigerian people which is equitable, fair and just irrespective of tribe or ethnicity.
“In furtherance to the above, the CGG on July 28 held a meeting in Abuja well attended by the National Party Chairmen and former presidential candidates of deregistered political parties whereby they took a very critical appraisal of all the current presidential contenders for the 2023 presidential elections and their Vice, the house unanimously voted Peter Obi/Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as the most credible among the candidates and as such resolved to support and work with them and their campaign group on the platform of Labour party.
“We, therefore, agreed to rebrand our offices nationwide as Campaign support offices for the project. Our structures all over the 36 States and 774 Local Government Areas are henceforth required to support the Obi ticket.
“Nigerians have had enough of the disunity, eminent disintegration, lingering ASUU strike, terrorist threats, killings, kidnappings, hunger, unemployment, unbearable petrol cost and scarcity, high electricity tariffs, its epileptic situation, rising food cost etc and the continued lack of resolve by the establishment to put an end to these crises.
“We as leaders in mainstream politics in Nigeria wish to make clear that only an efficient, effective and credible candidate of renowned character can resolve most of Nigeria’s lingering problems and we therefore urge Nigerians to heed to our advice and support our goals of returning Nigeria as the true giant of Africa and the production hub of West Africa.”
Obi is one of the frontline candidates in the February 2023 presidential election.