In an anticipation of the 2023 general election, a former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu has said that Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has not made enough impact on the generality of Nigerians to be able to win the 2023 Presidential election.
According to him, 2023 appears too early for him to clinch the nation’s number one political seat as “the name is not dropping everywhere else.”
He argued that the younger people in the country may vote for Peter Obi and only make his mark in the 2023 contest but that he would need to wait till like 2027 or 2031 before he can become the President of Nigeria.
The former Niger State Governor, who spoke yesterday Monday, June 20 on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm, said that many of them would have loved him to be the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“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.”