Atiku: “Is Peter Obi Not One Of Us?” — Obaze Attacks Southeast Govs, Leaders

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Anambra governorship candidate in 2017, Oseloka Obaze, on Saturday warned South-East governors and other stakeholders against working against Peter Obi and the party in 2019.

The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had on Friday, selected the former Anambra state governor as his running mate.

But after an emergency meeting yesterday, the South-east leaders lamented that Atiku did not consult them before making the announcement.

Their position has generated criticisms with many holding the view that the announcement deserved commendation.

At the meeting, Obaze went down memory lane, recalling that it was the PDP that invited Obi to join the party in 2014.

He also warned Igbos against opposing one of theirs based on the mere claim that they were not earlier informed.

“Would we rather the VP slot go elsewhere and wait another 35 years? Outsiders have accepted one of our sons, but we are the ones that seek to tag him “an outcast”, Obaze fumed.

His full speech at the event below:

“At the Emergency Meeting of PDP South-East Zone, held at 3p.m. On 13/10/18.

At the Enugu Zonal Office, 16 Iyienu Street, Independence Layout, Enugu.

Mr. Vice-Chairman, we have been summoned here to deliberate on a very important issue. Although, my understanding is that we are gathered to articulate the way forward for Ndiigbo, I suspect that as always, there are some of us here, who will display their skills of pulling their relatives and friends down.

What I’m about to say comes from the heart and from my personal experience. In 2017, I ran and lost a governorship election, not because I was a bad or unqualified PDP candidate, but because some within my PDP family in Anambra and beyond worked against me. Today, our state and our party are paying the price, even as I have forgiven those who worked against my candidacy.

On today’s agenda, I will resort to a historical narrative. On 6th October 2014, a PDP delegation led by the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekwerumadu and Chief Olisa Metuh, the then Publicity Secretary, who represented the National Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Adamu Muazu visited Peter Obi at his residence at 22 Niger Drive, Onitsha to ask him to join our great party, PDP.

In the words of Chief Metuh, the visit was as a “result of the resolution by the entire South-East to pay him a visit and persuade him to join the PDP for more meaningful contribution to national affairs.” In his response, Mr Peter Obi, told the PDP party bigwigs that, “I am humbled by the visit.”

Furthermore, he said, “I thank you for your continued belief and commitment to the welfare of our people and the progress of our country. I have in the past worked closely with all of you and you know my belief about our zone working together. I assure you that we will continue to work even closer as a team in the interest of our people. Regarding your visit of today let me assure you that I heard your kind and passionate requests and that your journey would not be in vain but in the best interest of our people.” Thereafter Peter Obi joined PDP.

What Changed? Is Peter Obi not one of us? In our language, “even a mad man has relatives”; whom you may only identify when the mad man is being beaten in public and they come to his defense. Similarly, in American politics, there is an instructive saying; “he is a son-of-a-gun, but he is our own son-of-a-gun.” I have not been in partisan politics long, but I am a political scientist by training. And I do research and write, so let me share with you some basic historical realities. We are talking of Zonal consultation on the vice presidential ticket. When did it start? Or is this meant to be a first?

In 1979, Shehu Shagari did not consult south-east NPN before choosing Alex Ekwueme as his running mate

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