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As reported by the Vanguard newspaper, the Kaduna-born educationist and businessman debunked these rumours during Channels Television’s program, “Political Paradigm” on Tuesday, October 4.
“I am not a crowd-renter and I can tell you that Peter Obi is not a crowd-renter. Those are legitimate, bonafide, self-funded, organic crowds.”
Baba-Ahmed maintained that the people who trooped out in their numbers to rally around in support of the candidacy of Peter Obi as the next president of Nigeria were volunteers who are keenly concerned for the positive rejuvenation of Nigeria.
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The vice-presidential candidate stated that he was not surprised at the antics and criticism of the opposition as he sarcastically described them as “owners of structures” and “master politicians”.
“I want to be fully underestimated. I want Peter Obi to be fully underestimated by the so-called master politicians, the owners of resources, the owners and masters of structures. We are nothing; he is just a businessman (and) I am just an educationist.”
Baba-Ahmed said those saying the Labour Party can’t win 25% of votes in 24 states in the 2023 presidential election don’t know what they are saying.
“They don’t know what they are saying,” he said when responding to critics and contenders who claim the Labour Party can’t get 25% of votes in 24 states across the Federation.”
“Awareness has been very high in the north. What happens is that northerners listen more to the politicians and the politicians seem to have more impact on the populace in the north and awareness is pretty high.
“Whoever thinks that the Labour Party or Obidient Movement or Peter Obi as an individual is not being welcomed in the north, they are making a huge mistake.”
Meanwhile, Baba-Ahmed said he is “realistic” that the Labour Party will win next February’s presidential election, adding that the results of three surveys conducted by various credible bodies are a reflection of the public pulse.
“I was elated by those results. I do believe those results,” he said.