Peter Obi suspends campaign

Peter Obi

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi has put his campaign on hold to symphatise with victims of flooding in Nigeria.

Mr Obi announced this on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

Large parts of the south-south, south-east and north-central regions have been covered in floods for weeks, displacing millions of people.

Obi advised other presidential candidates to join him in sympathising with victims of flooding in the country.

“As you can see today, flood is ravaging the entire country. And people are dying. People are being displaced. I personally stopped and told my people ‘No more campaign until we are able to visit some of the sites, at least sympathise with those going through problems,’” he said.

The former governor of Anambra State added, “I came to take permission and ask him (Ortom) that I want to visit some of the sites in Benue as I am going to do in one or two other states.

“I am also calling other presidential candidates to stop campaigning and see what we can do. If we can buy our forms for millions of naira, we should have some little thing to go now that people are suffering and at least show sympathy with them and then we can continue.”

Reacting to the allegation that he detained Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai while he (Obi) was governor, Obi said, “I don’t have the power to detain anybody. Ask all the security agencies if I had for one day asked them to detain anybody.”