Former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Mukhtar Shagari, has said that he rejected the offer to be a running mate to Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP because he is certain that he will be defeated at the polls.
Shagari said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday, stating emphatically that the Labour Party candidate stands no chance in the forthcoming polls.
“The Labour party contacted me and requested if I would like to be the Vice Presidential candidate to Peter Obi,” the PDP chieftain said.
“And I looked at the political scenario, what Labour party is, and decided that I cannot be the Vice Presidential candidate to Peter Obi.
“I do not see the path through which Peter Obi will win the election in this country.
“It is so clear that in areas in the South-East, and young people are shouting about him on social media – yes, it’s politics.
“But the truth of the matter is that there are two dominant parties in this country – APC and PDP. If you want to become President, I think you must belong to one of them.”
This verdict comes on the heels of a similar assertion made by the Director of Special Media Projects and Operations and New Media, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Femi Fani-Kayode saying that Obi will come a distant fourth in the poll.
According to the former Aviation minister, Obi is way below other presidential candidates, and his defeat at the polls is inevitable.
He described Obi as a “charlatan and a modern-day walking disaster”, stating that “by the time he gets trounced in the presidential election and comes a distant 4th he will know that this is a game for the big boys.”