Peter Obi throws support for Labour Party UK ahead of July election

Peter Obi throws support for Labour Party UK ahead of July election

Ahead of the upcoming United Kingdom (UK) general election, Nigerian political figure Peter Obi has urged voters to “Vote Labour on Thursday 4 July.”

This intervention comes as the UK prepares for what pollsters predict will be a landslide victory for the Labour Party in the UK.

 

Obi’s statement on Tuesday via X, though brief, is one of many voices in the heated political discourse surrounding the election.

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While it’s unclear what prompted Obi to comment on UK politics, reports suggest his endorsement aligns with the current polling trends.

Peter Obi throws support for Labour Party UK ahead of July election
Peter Obi throws support for Labour Party UK ahead of July election

A publication by Financial Times, London on Tuesday, noted that the UK election landscape is dominated by two main parties; Labour and the Conservatives.

 

Labour, led by Sir Keir Starmer, has positioned itself as the party of economic growth and fiscal responsibility.

Starmer has emphasised that “wealth creation is Labour’s number one priority,” although fiscal experts warn that significant tax increases or spending cuts may be necessary regardless of which party wins.

 

On the other hand, the Conservative party, led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, is fighting to maintain power after 14 years of governance marked by both achievements and challenges. Sunak has urged voters to support the Conservatives to avoid a sweeping Labour majority.

 

The election comes at a crucial time for the UK, with the country facing several significant challenges.

The publication further noted, “The Conservatives’ biggest challenge this election is regaining the trust of ordinary voters to avoid an electoral wipeout. Several Tory ‘safe seats’ are predicted to turn red or yellow as the nation grapples with a cost of living crisis, the longest NHS waiting list in memory and an economy described as the ‘sick man of Europe’.”

 

Meanwhile, ahead of September 21 governorship election in Edo State, the United Kingdom chapter of the Labour Party has thrown its weight behind Olumide Akpata, the party’s candidate in the September 21 governorship election.

 

The chairman of the UK LP and a former governorship aspirant, Egbe Omorodion, stated this in a virtual meeting on Sunday.

He stated that Akpata is suitable for the job, while emphasising his record as the former president of the Nigeria Bar Association, while questioning the credentials of other candidates in the race.

 

He said, “As a former contestant, I am giving my full backing to Akpata and as the chairman of the LP in the United Kingdom, our members will also support our candidate in whatever we deem fit.

“I also remain optimistic about my party’s readiness for the election and the party will deplore party agents to all polling units to counter any attempts at rigging by other parties.

“The LP will not allow any compromise in the collation and announcement of authentic results.”

 

Omorodion stated that the worst is over for the LP in the state, noting that the caretaker committee put up by the party’s national president, Julius Abure, would not stand.

He said, “The caretaker committee appointed by Abure for Edo LP cannot stand. He is embattled at the national level and he should take care instead of meddling in the affairs of the party in Edo.

“As a former contestant, I will call on all LP members to close rank and support Akpata while Edo people will also do well by supporting the LP candidate.”

 

Akpata, who briefly participated in the virtual meeting due to the campaign schedule, expressed his gratitude for the support and emphasised the collective effort required for the project.

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