Indication has emerged on the exit of former governor of Anambra State, and presidential aspirant, Mr Peter Obi from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP leaving away his determination to secure the PDP presidential ticket against 2023.
A source and Chieftain of the party disclosed that game of intrigues and conspiracy displayed and perpetrated by some PDP governor led to Obi’s resignation.
Obi, who was the vice-presidential candidate of the party in 2019, during which his South-East zone contributed more votes to the PDP than the North-East, the zone of the presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was said to have left with nothing after Political strategy
In 2019, with Obi on the ballot as running mate to Atiku, the PDP polled 1,693,485 votes (75 per cent) from the five states of the South-East; and 1,255,357 votes (27.5 per cent) from the North-East.
Conversely, the APC scored 403,968 votes (19 per cent) in the South-East and 3,238,783 votes (67.5 per cent) in the North-East.
According to the source “Obi was hoping to emerge as the running mate to Atiku again since the PDP, from all indications, is not ready to cede the presidency to the South-East.
“However, most of the PDP governors said they will back Atiku if he makes one of them his running mate. This led to a highwire conspiracy against Obi in the PDP. So he had to look elsewhere to pursue his aspirations.”
Obi in his resignation letter to the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, stated he was quitting the PDP because the party had made it impossible for him to continue to contribute to nation-building on its platform.
The former Anambra state governor wrote: “I am writing to intimate you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party, which was conveyed to the Chairman of Agulu Ward 2. Anaocha LGA, Anambra, effective Friday 20 May 2022. Consequently, I am by this letter informing you of my withdrawal from the PDP Presidential Primaries.
“It has been a great honour to contribute to nation-building efforts through our party. Unfortunately, recent developments within our party make it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions
“Our national challenges are deep-seated and require that we each make profound sacrifices towards rescuing our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm, even if the route differs.”