Nigerians would have voted for Obi if he had been better – Wike


The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, said if the flag bearer of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, was a better candidate, Nigerians would have voted him in the February 25, 2023 poll.

On Wednesday, Wike appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

The former Rivers State governor claimed he supported the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the standard bearer of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the hotly contested election.

When asked if Obi would have managed the primary difficulties plaguing the Nigerian economy better than Tinubu if elected, Wike stated that he no longer discusses presidential candidates.

“I don’t want to discuss social media issue,” the FCT minister said. “I don’t discuss about presidential candidate any longer; I discuss about the economy, the President, what he has to offer.”

“If he (Obi) would have been better, Nigerians would have voted for him.”

Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, came third in the election won by APC’s Tinubu. The LP candidate and his PDP counterpart are in court to challenge the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring Tinubu as winner of the poll.