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The Peter Obi effect – Labour Party makes smooth sail to 10th National Assembly

Due to Peter Obi’s acceptance and popularity, the Labour Party (LP) was able to win a number of Senate and House of Representatives seats. 

ThisDay claimed that the LP has gained national recognition and consciousness as a result of the people’s unwavering support and acceptance of its presidential candidate.

The article claimed that the just conducted 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections had alarming, unheard-of dynamics that had not been seen since the restoration of democracy in 1999.

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With minimal support in the 36 states and the FCT, the LP was a minority party.

Nigeria’s new source of pride

The narrative was changed when Obi entered the presidential run on the platform of the LP, raising awareness of the party in advance of the general elections in 2023.

With LP’s entry into the race, it seemed that this year’s presidential election was less of a straight struggle between the candidates of the two major parties, the APC and PDP, than in years past.

Labour Party makes smooth sail to 10th National Assembly seat

They pressed ahead, paying little attention to how opponents were made fun of Obi supporters.

They were adamant that the movement would bring structure regardless of its lack thereof.

The LP gained 40 seats in the incoming 10th National Assembly, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who announced the results on Saturday, March 4.

Elites were startled and acknowledged the “Peter Obi effect,” according to experts, who claim that LP replaced politics as the nation’s new source of pride.

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Peter Obi addresses world press conference

Meanwhile, following the aftermath of the recently conducted presidential election in Nigeria, marred by allegations of massive rigging, the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, addressed a world press conference.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, March 1, declared the flagbearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, President-elect. 

This was despite calls from opposition parties like the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the electoral umpire to suspend proceedings.

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