Last updated on February 10th, 2019 at 12:43 pm
Peter Obi is Nigeria’s next President if Alhaji Atiku Abubakar wins February 16, 2019, Presidential Election, Anambra State Chapter Chairman of Atiku-Obi Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Oseloka Obaze, has said.
According to him, electing Atiku in the forthcoming elections would quicken the chances of an Igbo to become president of Nigeria.
Peter Obi, was the former governor of Anambra state and the running mate to Atiku in the forthcoming elections.
He said Atiku’s running mate, Peter Obi, would become the long-sought president of Igbo extraction should Atiku be elected in the presidential election.
Obaze stated this on Monday in Awka, Anambra State. He was a former governorship candidate in the state.
The Punch quoted him as saying, “Cogent reasons exist for Ndigbo to come out en masse and vote for PDP’s Atiku-Obi;” noting that any vote for Atiku “is also a vote for Obi, who will be saddled with managing the economic responsibilities of the country.”
Obaze narrowed the advantage of an Igbo president to their entrepreneurial spirit saying “Igbo who are predominantly business-minded people, and Nigerians in general, stand to benefit maximally from topnotch conceptual and empirical knowledge the Atiku/Obi team offers.”
He said APC doesn’t merit the votes of the Igbo: “Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Babatunde Fashola, both potential 2023 presidential candidates, have said publicly and without any apologies that President Buhari will hand over to the Southwest in 2023. Their permutation does not feature Ndigbo.”
He tasked the Igbo to vote Atiku “in order to have Peter Obi in Aso Rock since his being the vice president will provide emotional and spiritual exhilaration for the Igbo people who feel excluded, neglected and marginalised in Nigeria.”
South-South and South East still remain the political strength of the PDP, and Atiku isn’t joking with the areas.
A socio-political group in the region Ndigbo endorsed Atiku, while another faction endorsed Buhari of APC. The two northern presidential candidates have divided the region ahead of the election.
While some of them said they had felt the developmental programmes of the incumbent president, others say supporting Atiku can only guaranty the region Igbo presidency in 2023.
But the political game becomes interesting as the crucial elections draw nearer.