Days after withdrawing from the presidential race under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party and resigning from his membership in the party, Peter Obi today joined the Labour Party.
The former Anambra State governor submitted his withdrawal letter to the PDP on May 22, accusing the party of "transactional" politics and manipulations - things he said are in "variance with my persona and principles."
Today, in a social media post announcing his membership of the Labour Party, where he hopes to further his presidential ambition, Obi said the Labour Party aligns with his aspirations and hope of making Nigeria a production economy.
Below are his exact words containing his reasons for joining the Labour Party.
I thank all Nigerians, especially our youths who have joined me in the mission of taking back and reuniting Nigeria.
This project is yours and for the future of your children. I am just a facilitator.
Since I resigned from the PDP because of issues that are at variance with my persona and principles, I have consulted widely with various parties and personalities to ensure we do not complicate the route to our desired destination.
For me, the process of achieving our goal is as fundamental as what one will do thereafter.
Therefore, I have chosen a route that I consider to be in line with our aspirations and my mantra of taking the country from consumption to production; and that is the #LabourParty, which is synonymous with the people, workers, development, production, securing and uniting Nigerians as one family.
I invite all Nigerians to join me in taking back our country.
Be assured that I'll never let you down.