A member of the House of Representatives, Amobi Ogah, representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency in Abia State, has called on the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and candidates from other parties to lend their support to President Bola Tinubu.
Mr. Ogah’s statement was captured in a video clip by Channels TV, and it seems he made the comment on Monday while speaking with reporters in Abuja.
“Once you are in this politics, don’t lose hope. Don’t think that if you don’t win today, you will not win again. And once somebody has won an election, to be a good sportsman, you must give the person support,” Mr Ogah said.
While the lawmaker did not explicitly mention any individual, there is speculation that he was specifically referring to Mr. Obi, who contested against Mr. Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the general election held on 25th February. Similar to others, Mr. Obi is presently contesting the victory of Mr. Tinubu at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.
However, Mr. Ogar expressed the belief that Mr. Tinubu should be accorded respect and support until the court delivers its judgment regarding his election.
“For me, like I said earlier last week, that trended all over the world when I told the people the election has come and gone. Now it is about governance. And whoever God has given that mandate to represent the people, you must respect that institution.
“And that is why I always say, whoever that is on that seat, give the person that supports until either court says otherwise or God says otherwise,” he stated.
“We must put Nigeria first. Nigeria is more important than anybody. It is more important than me. I can tell you it is only God that gives power.”
“Today is my best day. Today, I’m so happy that I am an elected member seeing my president talking. In fact, I’ve never known that this man is so intelligent,” Mr Ogah had said of Mr Tinubu.
“We have agreed that we are going towards a government decision, not minding I am of the Labour Party. Now the party is not the issue. We are talking about building Nigeria,” he added.
Subsequently, the LP’s national leadership expressed its disagreement with Mr. Ogah’s statements, stating that the party holds a different perspective from that of the lawmaker.
“As an individual, he does not have the mandate to speak for the party and therefore cannot claim to be standing on the platform of the Labour Party to do the same, giving views that are diametrically opposed to what the Labour Party stands for,” the party said in a statement by its national spokesperson, Obiorah Ifoh.