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Lagos Ex-Deputy Gov Reveals Why She Supported Peter Obi Against Tinubu

Sinatu Ojikutu, a former deputy governor of Lagos State, has stated that she backed Peter Obi of the Labour Party over Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the most recent presidential election.

Recall that on February 25, the former governor of Lagos State won the election, defeating Obi as well as Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate.

On May 29, Tinubu will be sworn in as the nation’s leader, succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari, who intends to retire in his rural Katsina State home of Daura.

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Ojikutu claimed in an interview with ThisDay that she backed Obi because she recognized herself in him and agreed with his beliefs on how to advance the nation.


The former deputy governor continued by saying that she supported the LP flagbearer because of his successes in the state of Anambra and the effort to have the South-East produce a president.

She said: “During the last election, I was all out for Peter Obi because every time he stands up to talk and what he has done, I see myself in him. If I am put in this position, I will turn Nigeria around 360 degrees with all the loopholes of corruption and all that. I believe he can do something.

“I have been examining Peter Obi. He has records of what he has done in Anambra and people talked about him. They said he is stingy. We need somebody now who is disciplined, who can say enough is enough for the suffering of Nigerians, let us do it in a different way; not the same or the same.

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“Besides, I believe we are not being fair in this nation by not allowing South-East to produce a president. North, South-West and South-South have produced the president. What is the reason why the South-East cannot have it?

“I also believe in restructuring. The clamour for president would be subdued if we do the proper restructuring. Every state and every region will be able to develop according to its resources and capacity without waiting for handouts from the central. So, that is where I stand.”

Ojikutu questioned why the former governor wasn’t content with his wealth and said that Tinubu ought to have helped a younger person and given them advice on how the country may be altered.


The former deputy governor emphasized that her opposition to Tinubu was not a result of their previous interactions.

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She said: “No. God has blessed Bola Tinubu even beyond the level he himself expected that he will be blessed; why is he not contended? Why not support somebody to say I have this knowledge on how this nation can be changed; put it out in the open so that people can give him credit for it and make Nigeria a better place for all of us.”



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