Peter Obi has received a certificate of return as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for next year’s general elections.
The former governor Anambra State governor received the certificate of return from the party on Friday, the party announced on Twitter.
“Mr Peter Obi Receives Labour Party Certificate of Returns as its Presidential Candidate for 2023 presidential elections,” the Labour Party tweeted on its official handle alongside a photo of Obi holding the certificate of return. “Congratulations!!
It will be recalled that a faction of the party had elected a presidential candidate for the elections next year. Mr Jude Ezenwafor was elected as the factional presidential candidate of the Labour Party before he reportedly withdrew from the contest.
Ezenwafor had received an ultimatum from the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide led by Mazi Okwu Nnabuike to withdraw from the contest.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had also maintained that it only recognises the party’s presidential election which produced Obi as its candidate.
“The leadership of the NLC and TUC recognize the leadership of the Labour Party led by Barr. Julius Abure, a former trade union leader and workers are part of the leadership,” the NLC President Ayuba Wabba said in a statement issued on Thursday.
“The NLC and TUC are aware of only one presidential primary which was held in Asaba, Delta State on 30th May 2022 and produced HE Peter Obi as its presidential candidate and standard-bearer.”
He said the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and NLC gave their full support to the processes which produced Obi as the party’s presidential candidate.
“This, therefore, serves as a public disclaimer on Mr Calistus Okafor. We warn the general public to steer clear of Calistus Okafor and characters who might want to cash in on the popularity of the Labour Party to hoodwink, extort and swindle unsuspecting members of the public,” he warned.