By Halimah Olamide
The defeated presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last election Mr. Peter was funded for his campaigns by his opponent in the All Progressive Congress and now President elect, Bola Tinubu.
This was alleged by the governorship candidate of the LP in Oyo State, Tawfiq Akinwale while speaking on a radio station in Ibadan the Oyo State capital.
Akinwale said it the idea of Tinubu that Prof Pat Utomi stepped down for Obi who he said later received funding from Tinubu for his campaigns.
He said on the programme “In the buildup to the 2023 elections, Obi, who had purchased the nomination form of the Peoples Democratic Party, suddenly announced his exit from the party.
““Initially, Pat Utomi had secured the LP’s presidential ticket, but when Peter Obi said he resigned from the PDP and joined the LP, Bola Tinubu, a master political strategist, quickly told Utomi, that everyone knows to be his son, to step down for Obi.
““The ‘president-elect’ saw in Obi’s presidential bid a good chance to reduce the winning chances of the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
“What Peter Obi didn’t know is much more than what he knows.
““He started collecting campaign funds from Utomi, while Tinubu was giving the money to Utomi.
“This went on until Obi’s presidential campaign got to a stage it went beyond target.
“Obi was used without him knowing.”