Peter Obi Can’t Get 1,000 Votes – Southwest LP Leaders After Defecting To APC

Peter Obi Can’t Get 1,000 Votes – Southwest LP Leaders After Defecting To APC

by Victor Ndubuisi

Leaders of the Labour Party (LP) in the Southwest area who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) have explained their conduct.

According to them, the Labour Party lacks the organization to win elections, and anyone running on its platform is certain to fail.

According to newsmen, the Southwest LP chairman, Omotoso Banji, led the party leadership in the region to collapse its structure into the APC earlier on Monday.

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Other LP figures that defected were the party’s chairman in Osun State, Tunde Omotunde, and his counterpart in Ekiti State, Alabi Adeeyo; the Ondo Secretary of LP, Omowumi Olosola; and Stella Alabi from Lagos State, among others.


The LP leaders stated shortly before their formal defection that the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is unknown and will not receive 1,000 votes from the southwest in the 2023 election.

In the words of Omotoso, “Labour Party presently is a shaky platform for anybody to contest, Labour Party is a failure platform for anybody to contest, I don’t know Peter Obi and I’m less concerned about him but I’m concerned about those celebrating the Labour Party mediocre within Nigeria.

“In view of this, we leaders of the Labour Party in the South-West have decided to leave the party because we have a lot of mediocre there and what they are looking for is money, they are not ready to serve Nigeria.

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“Labour Party is not ready to serve Nigeria and that is why we decided to leave the party and come together with the APC. I collapsed the structures of the party in Ekiti state. So, I don’t know how the Obi can come now and embarrass us here in the South-West.”

In addition, he asked Akin Osuntokun, the Director-General of the Labour Party presidential campaign council, to leave the party and work for APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.

Osuntokun was described by him as an unknown entity representing his personal interest.


“We are the pillars of that party in the South-West, and to the glory of God Almighty, we have pulled down the structures today. I was so surprised to hear from the DG of the party, Akin Osuntokun, we don’t know him in Labour Party, Akin Osuntokun is representing his own personal interest.

“So, it is better for you, Akin Osuntokun to come back to the APC and work for Bola Tinubu. I’m here to talk to you Yorubas, to please support Tinubu because he is our own. If you don’t vote for Tinubu, you’re a bastard to Yoruba land.

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“We are leaving and collapsing the Labour Party structures in the entire South-West through Senator Dayo Adeyeye into APC. Nobody born of good parents in Yoruba land that will bypass Tinubu and vote for another party.”

Omotunde further accused LP of having no ambition of winning elections, claiming that the party is merely in it to share money.

He said: “They are not after winning the election but to share the money. Politics started at the unit level. To win an election, you must start from the unit. Obi cannot go anywhere. There is no way the LP will fly. Asiwaju Tinubu will win this election.”


The defectors were greeted by Dayo Adeyeye, the National Coordinator of SWAGA 2023, who charged them with working tirelessly for Tinubu’s triumph in the upcoming election.

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Former leaders and members of the LP tore their membership cards.

According to Adeyeye: “Tinubu is a man of passion, action and vision, who is ready to transform this country and whether they like it or not, Tinubu is going to win.”



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