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Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s nominee for president in the general election of 2023, has taken a subtle shot at one of his rivals, Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

After his outburst on June 3, 2022, when he vented his resentment during a visit to Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, saying it was through his efforts that President Muhammadu Buhari made it to Aso Rock after failing three times, the phrase “emi lokan” (it’s my turn) became widely known to refer to Tinubu.

Speaking at the Labour Party Leadership Retreat in Abuja on Monday, Obi argued that elections in Nigeria “must not be by connection” but should be grounded on “competence”.

“We will do this retreat now, after election we will do another one, election next year will not be based on ethnicity, we have had it before, it would not be on religion,” Obi said.

“There is no place that Christians buy things cheaper, there is no place that Muslims buy things cheaper. It will not be by my turn, it is nobody’s turn. It must not be by connection.

“Election next year must be based on character and trust, it must be based on competence.”

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