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After Forcing Labour Party To Back Down On Obidient Directorate, Peter Obi Restates Loyalty

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Former Governor of Anambra State and presidential candidate for the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to the party amidst speculation about his political affiliation.

In a statement issued on his X.com account on Thursday, Obi clarified recent statements regarding the Obedient Movement and emphasized his dedication to the Labour Party.

“I have just been confronted by a journalist at Abuja airport wanting to know if my statement on Obedient Movement yesterday is a signal of my leaving the Labour Party.

“For the attention of all those holding such an impression and for the general public, I remain a faithful, committed, and loyal member of the Labour Party.”

On Wednesday, Obi issued a denunciation of the party’s moves to bring the Obidient movement under its control.

The former governor of Anambra State emphasised that the Obidient Movement transcended political boundaries and affiliations.

He also clarified that the Obidient Movement was not affiliated with any specific political party, rebuffing claims that it operates as a directorate within the Labour Party.

Instead, he underscored the movement’s diverse and inclusive nature, which encompasses individuals from various backgrounds, regions, and sectors, both within Nigeria and across the globe.

He said, “I like to categorically state that the Obidient Movement is not directorate of any particular political party. Any individual or individuals claiming to be leaders of this non-existent directorate are simply not members of the broader Obidient Movement

“There may be a youth mobilization directorate in political parties but the Obidient movement is far beyond a particular political party. The Obidient Movement is a diverse and inclusive collective that transcends traditional political, religious, and ethnic affiliations.”

However, on Thursday, Obi, reiterated his intention to work closely with party leaders to reconcile members and strengthen the Labour Party.

“As a leader of the party, my aspiration and desire are to reconcile our valued members and partner with like minds and parties all over the country to build a strong and better party that will catalyze and commence the rebuilding of a new Nigeria,” he affirmed.

The former governor sought to dispel any doubts about his party affiliation, stating, “For the avoidance of doubt, ‘I remain a committed, loyal Labour Party member.’ That is my definitive response to all Nigerians who may be in doubt about my party affiliation in the light of recent reports and conflicting interpretations of recent political expressions.”

Obi clarified that his statement regarding the Obedient Movement was aimed at addressing concerns raised by supporters who are eager for positive change in Nigeria, regardless of party affiliation.

“My statement yesterday was intended to clarify some issues that are of concern to our teeming supporters, some of whom are not members of any political party but are desirous for a new Nigeria. Our goal and aspirations remain that a new Nigeria is possible,” he explained.

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