Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 election, has been warned against shelving his presidential ambition for the position of running mate to Atiku Abubakar, another aspirant, eyeing the top job.
The warning is coming from the Ohanaeze Youths Council (OYC) led by its national president, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka. The group was reacting to a report in a national daily which said Mr Abubakar, a former vice president, whom Mr Obi jointly ran unsuccessfully with during the last general election, was considering retaining the former Anambra governor as his running mate again.
The report said state governors on the platform of the opposition party were gearing up to thwart the plan and foist one of their own to contest with the serial presidential runner.
Reacting, Mr Igboayaka warned Mr Obi and other aspirants from the South-East region against accepting the position of a running mate. He said anyone who accept such offer should not be seen in the region.
“Mr Peter Obi should stand and remain resolute in the pursuit of his 2023 presidential ambition,” the youth leader, quoted by The Whistler, charged. “Atiku’s presidential ambition is a new political revolution that will hit Nigeria.
“Any attempt to deny South East presidency in 2023 will cause a revolution that will disintegrate Nigeria within six months.
“There’s no doubt that injustice brings chaos and anarchy. Any injustice against South East in the 2022 primary elections is a call for anarchy.
“All the presidential aspirants in APC and PDP should collectively work for the south-east interest. We’re watching the whole scenario.
“We’re monitoring Gov Okezie Ikpeazu and Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Abia and Enugu states respectively. We are keeping our findings confidential.
“Nigerians should make choice to either accommodate South East in Nigeria, or seperation becomes inevitable,” he warned.