Labour Party’s presidential hopeful, Peter Obi, urged the Federal Government to refrain from meddling in state matters, especially when national security isn’t at risk. Emphasizing the need to safeguard Nigerian politics from self-serving politicians, Obi delivered this stance in his New Year message for 2024.

This statement comes following criticism from Rivers State elders against Tinubu’s involvement in the spat between the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and Governor Sim Fubara. The elders found fault with the presidential resolution on the state’s political crisis, labeling it biased and incompatible with the rule of law.

Former Rivers State Governor Rufus Ada-George, leading the elders, also opposed the state governor’s Christmas Day address, deeming it as a lethal decree.

Obi stressed the importance of upholding the constitutional rights of the three branches of government, advocating for a Nigeria that respects the separation of powers among these branches and the federating units.

Highlighting the threat to democracy, Obi cautioned against the erosion of national institutions by a select few and urged resistance to any move toward a one-party state. He emphasized the necessity for the National Assembly’s meticulous scrutiny and responsible approval or rejection of critical matters like the 2024 budget.

Asserting the Labour Party’s commitment to an inclusive and progressive Nigeria, Obi reiterated their opposition stance and called for focused efforts in nation-building. Lastly, he expressed gratitude to Nigerians, the Obidient Movement, and supporters for their dedication to genuine democracy.

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