Governor David Umahi has said that Nigerians did not vote for Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections.
Speaking in an interview with Channel Television, Umahi described the more than six million votes the Obi got during the February 25 election as “protest votes.”
A protest vote is considered a vote against the party or candidate people usually support to show disapproval.
According to him, “I see Labour Party’s votes as a kind of protest votes against my party, against the PDP. That’s the way I see it. Let me tell you that the religious leaders in my state were totally for the Labour Party movement. That’s why I saw it as a protest vote. It wasn’t a vote for His Excellency Obi as such. It wasn’t.
It was very surprising that Mr President could lose his state (Katsina) in the presidential election, including Bola Tinubu in Lagos.
In all honesty, I didn’t give a chance to Labour Party to win any election in my state. I was very surprised. Even in my family, there was conspiracy against me, and I didn’t know that they were going to vote for the Labour Party in the presidential election, but in the other elections, it is APC because of what we have done.”