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The Labour Party’s presidential campaign in Ibadan was almost marred by the grounding of the Obi-Datti Campaign aircraft meant to fly officials of the party from Lagos and Abuja.


In a statement by the Head of Media, Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation, Diran Onifade, they expressed surprise at the yet to explained grounding of its campaign aircraft.


He said, “The action led to the inability of Labour Party and campaign officials, who had already gathered at Lagos and Abuja Airports, to attend the Ibadan rally.


“All we know is what the leasing vendor told us to the effect that “Federal authorities won’t allow the Obidient Aircraft to file a flight plan, because of ongoing regulatory investigations.”


“We are not privy to the specific details or nature of the investigations.


“Mischievous political operatives had cheaply seized  the opportunity to spread the unfounded rumours of an air crash which was promptly dispelled.


“The Ibadan rally was however a huge success with the Labour Party Presidential Candidate,  Mr. Peter Obi, making a stop at Iseyin Town before joining a multitude of organic supporters at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.”


Talso, the leader of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, on Wednesday, attended the Labour Party presidential rally in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.


The party’s presidential candidate and former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, were also present at the event.


Adebanjo, who addressed the crowd briefly in Yoruba, urged them to not allow tribalism to influence their vote in the 2023 presidential election.


“To those saying this one is Igbo, that one is Yoruba, the talk of president in Nigeria is not a talk of the Igbo or Yoruba but the talk of entire Nigeria,” he said.


Adebanjo had in September, at a press conference in Lagos, endorsed Obi on the grounds that his ethnic group was yet to occupy the presidency since the return of democracy.


He said, “The South-West has produced a President and currently sits as Vice President; the South-South has spent a total of six years in the Presidency, but the Igbo people of the South-East have never tasted presidency in Nigeria, and now that the power is due back in the South, equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo.


“We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria while we, at the same time, continue to brutally marginalise and exclude them from the power dynamics.


“Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and back; he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office.


“We will not compromise this principle of justice, equity and inclusiveness because one of our own, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is a frontline candidate. It is on this same principle we condemn the Peoples Democratic Party for sponsoring Atiku Abubakar, a Northern Fulani Muslim to succeed General Muhammadu Buhari another Fulani Muslim.”

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