A spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu, has said supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, are now seeing the importance of (political) structure.
Momodu said wherever Obi is number one in the elections, the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar will be number two, adding that Atiku would split votes with counterparts in the LP and the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in their strongholds.
“The Obidients are beginning to see the importance of structure. Structure is not something out of this world, it is a needed requirement. How many governors have you got, which is what Tinubu is banking on that ‘my governors will help me’. How many senators or senatorial candidates does Atiku have? How many people for House Representatives, how many for House of Assembly? They haven’t got much of that.
“You are also going to need agents nationwide, thousands of them. That will form part of structures,” Momodu said on Arise TV Morning Show on Monday.
He said he wondered how the Obi camp would compete with the PDP that had been in existent for a long time and already had structures.
“If you say ‘we don’t pay ‘shi shi’, you can see how people are moving away in droves in some of these smaller parties because the structures are not there. The structures also include the funding of each of those structures.
“We shall see in the next one week what will happen. The polls will not help Obi. If they like, let one million say Obi is going to win,” Momodu added.
reports that there had been criticisms from rival parties that Obi’s supporters were dominant online than in the physical. However, the LP has dismissed this several times, especially with Obi maintaining that the party would defeat the people claiming to have structures.
Early January, the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council urged Nigerians to ignore what it called the “opposition’s orchestrated propaganda” that it does not have polling agents in core northern states.
The spokesman for the campaign council, Yunusa Tanko, stated this in a release issued in reaction to an earlier report dismissing the chances of the Labour Party for having inadequate agents to man all polling units across the country.
According to Mr. Tanko, the Labour Party has foot soldiers “to man all polling units in the North and the entire nation.”
He stated that “the opposition’s gimmicks to weaken the resolved minds of Nigerians to vote Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed into power this year will not fly.”