How Tinubu Funded Peter Obi’s Campaign to Reduce Atiku’s Winning Chances: Akinwale
The “president-elect” saw in Obi’s presidential bid a good chance to reduce the winning chances of the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
The governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Tawfiq Akinwale, stated on Wednesday that the “President-elect” Bola Tinubu asked popular economist Prof. Pat Utomi to step down for Peter Obi in the buildup to the 2023 general elections.
NewsReport Nigeria gathered that Akinwale made this revelation while he appeared as a guest on a radio programme on 101.7 YES FM, Ibadan, Oyo State, while alleging that Obi received campaign funds from Utomi, whom he described as Tinubu’s “son.”
The LP aspirant, who spoke in Yoruba language, said, “In the buildup to the 2023 elections, Obi, who had purchased the nomination form of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), suddenly announced his exit from the party.
“Initially, Pat Utomi had secured the LP’s presidential ticket, but when Peter Obi said he resigned from the PDP and joined the LP, Bola Tinubu, a master political strategist, quickly told Utomi that everyone knew he was his son and to step down for Obi.
“The “president-elect” saw in Obi’s presidential bid a good chance to reduce the winning chances of the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
“What Peter Obi didn’t know is much more than what he knows; he started collecting campaign funds from Utomi while Tinubu was giving the money to Utomi.
“This went on until Obi’s presidential campaign got to a stage where it went beyond target. Obi was used without him knowing,” Akinwale said after announcing his departure from the party.
Obi defected to the LP after resigning his membership in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and also withdrawing from the presidential race under the party.
The former governor consequently joined the race for the party’s presidential ticket, while Professor Pat Utomi stepped down in June 2022 for him to emerge as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, unopposed in Asaba, Delta State.