A spokesperson for the Obi/Datti presidential campaign, Kenneth Okonkwo, has said the Labour Party will rather have no candidate contest for selected positions than get unqualified candidates to contest and represent the party.
Okonkwo, who said this on Tuesday during an interview on Arise TV, explained why the party did not produce candidates to contest for all positions in the forthcoming general elections, including National Assembly seats.
The list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission revealed that the Labour Party has only 78 candidates running for seats in the Senate out of the 109 seats available.
He said, “Peter Obi entered the Labour Party about two weeks or three weeks before the end of the nomination time.
“And at the time, the party had not become monstrously popular as it is now. So the entrance of Peter Obi made it attractive to Nigerians who are looking for escape routes from these structures of criminality.
“So when we entered there, we discovered there were offices that were not filled and Peter Obi is a man, who in an emergency, does not yield to pressure.
“He will still be committed to the capacity, competency and character of each and every person. He would prefer that a seat is vacant rather than fielding incompetent or people who are not of character.
“So in those areas where there are no candidates, not because we couldn’t have drafted anybody but because of shortness of time we were not able to certify that we can comfortably vouch for all the candidates that we are putting in there, because when you want to bring a new thing you don’t have to succumb to the blackmail of the opposition to in your haste come against the particular thing you want to change.
“We were prepared to do the right thing at all times. Whoever was prepared was allowed to get in within the short time that we had “