Governor Soludo had rejected Peter Obi’s presidential bid, claiming that the former Anambra State governor would not only lose the race in 2023, but would also jeopardize the political future of the South-East region (Igbo).
The Peoples Democratic Party of Anambra State has backed Governor Charles Soludo in his rejection of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.
Governor Soludo had rejected Obi’s presidential bid, claiming that the former Anambra State governor would not only lose the race in 2023, but would also jeopardize the political future of the South-East region (Igbo).
Soludo has maintained that Obi does not have the ability to win the presidential seat in the 2023 general elections, claiming that Obi’s record as governor of the state demonstrates that he would rather damage the chances of the South-East.
Throwing its support for Governor Soludo’s position on Obi’s presidential ambition, PDP’s Presidential Campaign and Management Committee Deputy Director of Media and Publicity in the state, Uloka Chibuike, said that Soludo would be vindicated “for providing the needed leadership and voice that Anambra State, nay, Ndigbo, beg for at this critical moment in our history as a tribe, race, and region in Nigeria.”
Chibuike said, “Many of us who held the same opinion were attacked and abused by an uninformed and headless mob, but as leaders, their vitriol is less taken into account due to their handicapped position and lack of political understanding. Regardless of whose ox is gored, leaders must set a good example, for example, they say, is better than precept.
“Just like the great Zik of Africa, who at some point was branded a “rebel” by his kinsmen for his political decisions that salvaged Ndi-Igbo during the era of the First Republic and beyond, the present crop of leaders who have, like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, stepped in to provide leadership and rescue Ndi-Igbo would be vindicated for their positions, maybe not immediately, but definitely.
“Our campaign for Igbo rescue and political renaissance is not to condemn our brother Peter Obi nor abandon him in his quest to be President in 2023, but to prevail on him to take a cue from the life and time of the likes of the great Zik of Africa, M.I. Okpara, and others who projected regional interest above personal interest, whose decisions we are privileged to have today as ndi-Igbo, and for us as republicans to bring to the fore our liberalism and democratic prowess to navigate the looming ides of March.
“Our interests as a tribe today should transcend mob mentality and be guided by informed logic and knowledge of our political realities and other complexities.
“Like Soludo and others before him have held, 2023 is not ripe for an Igbo presidency. Perhaps no Igbo leadership or group has gathered anywhere to bequeath to Peter Obi or anyone the mantle to represent Ndi-Igbo in the 2023 elections; rather, it is in his personal interest, and we must prevail on our people to not become victims of emotional weaknesses and illogical decisions.
“The decision to, out of emotion, throw our votes away with a Peter Obi who does not in any way stand a chance in the 2023 polls will impact negatively on Ndi-Igbo and frame us as people without vision or quality leaders who see beyond the present.
“Our support for Peter Obi may be morally acceptable given that he is a homeboy, but in politics, morality has little to play as every political dominance measures with bargain and not otherwise. Ndi-Igbo, we must let the voice of reason to prevail and urge other leaders, including Peter Obi, to salvage the face of Igbo politics by thinking of the logical end of 2023 rather than its emotive manifestations. Again, we must be wary of the Ides of March.”
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