The Labour Party Directorate on Mobilization and Integration has firmly denied any plans to replace Peter Obi as the party’s presidential candidate ahead of the 2027 election.

This response comes after social media rumors suggested that the party had reconciled with the Apapa-led faction and agreed to field a different candidate.

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In a statement signed by Marcel Ngogbehei, Director General of the Directorate; Ambassador Aju Elumelu, Deputy Director Media and Communications; and Sheikh Rufai Al-Saddiq, Deputy Director Strategic Engagement, the Directorate clarified that while reconciliation efforts are ongoing within the party, no agreement has been made regarding the 2027 presidential election.

The statement emphasized the Labour Party’s commitment to unity and peaceful resolution of internal disagreements.

It highlighted the importance of cohesion and unity within the party to improve Peter Obi’s chances in the 2027 election.

The Directorate noted that opposition attempts to misinform the public and create further crisis within the party have been identified and countered.

The statement reads: “The Leadership and members of our great Party recognise the importance of this great admonition based on our African culture of ensuring peaceful coexistence among Brothers and acknowledging the fact that there’s a bigger target – liberating Nigeria from the shackles of greedy politicians and building a Nation that protects the interest of its citizens.”

The Directorate reaffirmed its purpose of facilitating reconciliation and mobilizing Labour Party stakeholders towards electoral victory for Peter Obi in 2027.

It underlined that ongoing discussions with various stakeholders are part of this effort and that Peter Obi remains the party’s ratified presidential candidate, with full support from the party leadership.

The statement concluded, “HE Peter Obi remains our Presidential Candidate for 2027 as ratified and all the Party Leadership are behind him and committed to his message of a New Nigeria.”