Claims that Peter Obi betrayed the late Odumegwu Ojukwu have been refuted by Yunusa Tanko, the chief spokesperson for the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation.
Anaedoonline.ng notes that Obi was accused of betraying Ojukwu when he left the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) by the leadership of the Biafra Independence Movement and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB).
Mazi Mocha, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity for BIM-MASSOB, made the charge in a statement.
According to Mocha, Obi would not have been elected governor of Anambra State in 2003 if it weren’t for Ojukwu and the APGA.
But Tanko claimed that it was wrong to call Obi a traitor for wanting to join a party with a nationalistic appeal in an interview with Punch on Saturday.
He maintained that the group ought to be happy that the APGA-bred LP flagbearer is now a national figure.
The LP mainstay believed that Obi ought to leave APGA since it is a provincial party and would not support him in realising his dream of becoming president.
He said, “Obi is not a betrayer at all. In fact, BIM-MASSOB should be happy that Obi is a product of APGA that is now sellable to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“On second thought, I think this particular case MASSOB cited happened when they were all in APGA before 2011. As a nationalist, I was not in APGA but privileged to have followed the proceedings there.
“Peter Obi, in this regard, was thinking of a nationalist political party. I don’t see any wrong in that. For someone who wants to aspire to lead this country, he must be forward-thinking.
“But APGA has remained a regional party that has refused to spread its tentacles around the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“If you want to move yourself to the national level, you must look for a political party that is nationalistic in view. I think Peter Obi was strategic in choosing the Labour Party considering the fact that it represents the interest of all Nigerian workers, which cuts across ethnic groups and religious lines.
“Thirdly, whether there were funds spent individually or collectively when they were in APGA, we don’t know. It could be true, and it might turn out to be false. There may also be a reason why Obi said he didn’t spend money the way politicians are doing now to reclaim his governorship mandate.”
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