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Rallies don’t win elections, you’ll struggle, Momodu tells Obi

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Ovation Magazine’s boss, Dele Momodu, has said the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, should not be carried away by rallies staged in his support because he will not get “appreciable results” in the South-West come 2023 presidential election.

According to him, the presidential election is solely between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said although Obi is popular among the youth, the support won’t lead to victory because “noise” and “rallies” don’t win elections.

Momodu made this known when he appeared on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Monday.

“By the time you come to Lagos which is the traditional base of Asiwaju and of APC, you’re going to split into three because of the preponderance of the Igbo community,” he said.

“There would be Asiwaju, followed by Atiku and followed by Obi because there is a large number of Igbo people there and youth who believe in Obi. And that’s the most cosmopolitan state in Nigeria.

“But the moment you start moving into Ogun state, Oyo state, where PDP is king today, then you go to Osun state.

“In Ogun state, we will compete favourably. It’s going to be between Asiwaju and Atiku, there is no way Obi is going to get 25 percent in Ogun state, he is not going to get it in Oyo state, he’s not going to get it in Osun state.

“We can make all the noise. You saw what happened in the last gubernatorial election in Osun state. There was no party outside those two that could make an appreciable impact.

Speaking on the recent solidarity rally for Obi in Delta state, Momodu said there’s a likelihood that the participants are all from the south-east

“Rallies alone will not win the 2023 election. I have no doubt that Peter Obi is a popular candidate but don’t forget the proximity of south-east to Delta state. They are almost one and the same,” he said.

“If you have a rally in the Delta, all you have to do is cross over from Awka, Onitsha and everywhere, these things can be arranged.”

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