2023 too early for Peter Obi to be president – Babangida Aliyu

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Babangida Aliyu

Former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu says Peter Obi is unlikely to win the 2023 election despite enjoying massive support among young Nigerians.

Obi, who is a former Governor of Anambra State, is contesting for the 2023 presidency under the Labour Party.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television programme, ‘Politics Today’, Aliyu said Obi should look towards 2027 or 2031.

He said this was because the former Anambra governor has not achieved the level of popularity across the country which is required to emerge president.

“Peter Obi is my good friend and a former member of my former Governors forum.

“A very excellent person. His candidature, in terms of the Presidency – I think he will make some name now. But he may be able to make it only in 2027, 2031. But 2023? Too early.

“Even though the young people might go for him, the name is not dropping everywhere else. I doubt if Nigerians are ready for him now as a presidential person.

“I would have loved him as a Vice President. Many of us were rooting for him to be Vice President to Atiku again,” Aliyu said.


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