It will be a miracle, according to Olorunnimbe Mamora, minister of science and technology, if Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, wins the 2023 election.
This was stated by the former senator for Lagos Central when he appeared on the Tuesday episode of Channels Television’s Political Paradigm.
Prior to the 2023 presidential election, Obi’s candidacy has continued to rule online discourse.
The minister claimed throughout the broadcast that Obi lacked the requisite support system to ensure victory.
With all due respect, he continued, “What I see in Labour is what you could call independent candidacy, and as far as I know, even in America, no independent candidate has ever won the presidency.”
They are able to win in the house of representatives or senate, but not in the presidential election. Thus, it will be the century’s greatest miracle.
“I won’t discount it (the support for Peter Obi), but it doesn’t appear to me that it will be of the kind that would ultimately upset this system.
“We regularly conduct our checks, which is why this is the case. We consider the spread and the ground’s carrying capability. You see, given this fact, you cannot undervalue the importance of structures in politics, especially when it comes to elections. Electioneering involves a lot of logistics.
He also downplayed the support that youths and labor unions are giving to the LP and Obi.
The same manner that everyone is saying they will support Peter Obi, he continued, “they are also saying they will support other candidates, particularly those frontline contenders.”
While the minister acknowledged that there are other candidates in the presidential election, he claimed Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, remains the best.
“With all due respect, I said that nobody should underestimate anyone. You shouldn’t underestimate anyone in a campaign, but with all due respect to these front-runners, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, and Kwankwaso, of course, those are the faces we see when we turn on any channel,” he continued.
“So, you can’t underrate, but I’m saying that he (Tinubu) is still the guy to beat, with all due respect to the other contenders. That is the assertion I’m making.