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2023: Why Tinubu Defeated Peter Obi – Ex-Federal Commissioner, Abubakre

Former federal commissioner Razaq Abubakre thinks that Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, was always going to defeat Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi.

In his response to the results of the 2023 presidential election, Abubakre singled out Obi’s poor performance as the governor of Anambra State as a significant disadvantage.

According to Abubakre, Obi’s chances were harmed by his incapacity to foster and motivate leaders the way Tinubu did while he was in government.

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He added that Obi’s purported participation in tribal politics and misappropriation of public monies also contributed to his downfall.


On Friday, Abubakre declared in a speech in Abuja that “some of his activities, performance, and attitude in synchrony with those of some of his followers, the ‘Obidients,’ reveal their latent parts.”

“His use of religion in contradistinction to Asiwaju’s Muslim-Muslim ticket gave him a transient false national spread.

“His alleged impropriety with state funds, as confirmed during an interview with Kadria Ahmed that he invested state funds in his family business, is also part of his undoing.

“This is quite apposite to describe his eventual performance, especially during the elections of state governors and House of Assemblies. Unfortunately, desperation is not a good manner.”

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Abubakre rejects the notion that the other PDP candidates, including Atiku, Kwankwaso, and Obi, might have won the president if they had banded together.

He said, “This is underlying the divine intervention favouring Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ab initio.


“The pattern of voting could have changed. For example, the bulk of votes that Obi received from the South-East, parts of South-South and pockets of North-Central could not have gone to Atiku.

“Some of it would have also been cast for Tinubu on his merit and record of performance.”

Abubakre praised Tinubu’s stellar track record as the governor of Lagos State and views his election as a proof of divine intervention.


He thinks that Tinubu is the best candidate to govern Nigeria in the future because of his global perspective and dedication to nation-building.

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The former Federal Commissioner said, “It is instructive to note that Tinubu’s emergence is divine and critical when the nation needs a true unifier, a performer par excellence and a strategic leader focused on nation-building for sustainable and inclusive growth.”



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