Finally, Ex-Gov. Peter Obi dumps APGA for PDP

Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi

The former Governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, On Tuesday formally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Mr. Obi declared his defection while hosting some top members of the PDP in the South-East, led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in his Onitsha home

Others in the team included the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, and the Chairman of the South-East  Governors’ Forum, Theodore Orji.

The Governors of Akwa-Ibom and Ebonyi, Godswill Akpabio and Martin Elechi;  former National Chairman of PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo; former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara and  Senator Uche  Chukwumerije, were also at the event.

The members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, at the occasion were Minister of Labour, Emeka Nwogu; Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, among many others.

The National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu, represented by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the visit followed a resolution by the South-East stakeholders to persuade Obi to join the PDP for more meaningful contribution to national affairs.

Mr. Metuh said that PDP has never lost an election in the South East, but that it lost to Mr. Obi because of his integrity, forthrightness, hard-work and honesty.

Citing the recent defection to the PDP by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, Mr. Metuh said time was ripe for Obi to follow suit.

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia said it was not late for Mr. Obi to join the PDP and work at the centre for the good of the country.

“If some of your people do not believe in you; if we do not admire you; if they do not realise your potentials, we gathered here are telling you that Nigerians believe in you and admire you.

“We are here today to discuss the future and progress of the South-East geo-political zone with our brother Mr. Peter Obi, who was the immediate Governor of Anambra.

“Having reviewed with him the state of the country and how it affects our people, we came to the conclusion that our interest in the country is better served when we remain together as brothers and sister under one party and speak with one voice.

“We all agreed that politics globally is dynamic and changes from time to time. In Nigeria, for example, we have moved from regional parties to regional politics, which requires our people staying together and speaking with one voice.

“We in the East should do the same in the interest of our people. We therefore appealed to him to join the Peoples Democratic Party since that is the party majority of our people belong to,” said Mr. Metuh.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said Mr. Obi extended hands of friendship to everybody that would contribute to the development of Anambra when he was in APGA.

He said that Mr. Obi’s demonstration of leadership, integrity, his friendship with the president and commitment to Nigeria prompted them to come and appeal to him to join the PDP.

The Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, said the decision to appeal to Mr. Obi to join the PDP was a collective one.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, expressed optimism that the forum would convince the ex-governor.

The former Chairman of the PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo said: “In view of Obi’s integrity, political sagacity, marvellous work in Anambra, stabilising influence on the Federal Government, we the leaders of the PDP, move the motion that you are the one we are waiting for in the PDP.”

The motion was seconded by the Minister of Works, Emeka Nwogu, who said that Mr. Obi was one good man the PDP needed for his service to the president and the country at large.

Kema Chikwe, speaking on behalf of women, said Mr. Obi shared the same vision of a prosperous country with the PDP.

Responding, Mr. Obi said “I most sincerely appreciate this visit by people I consider as important political leaders from the South-East.

“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.

Mr. Obi said the issue of joining a national party was not about happenings in APGA, but because of his need to be a competitor and not a spectator in national affairs.

(NAN)


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  • Wähala

    No news. Boi-boi Peter Obi has always been a “shadow member” of PDP cabal and had acted as a 5th columnists and traitor to APGA by submitting party meeting details to his dog-handlers of Abuja. The big lie in the story is Olisa Metuh’s fraudulent claim that “the PDP has never lost an election in the South East”…I guess Gov. Rochas Okorocha formally of the same APGA, also won because of his “intergrity, forthrightness, hard-work and honesty “. Obi can take his stooge, Gov. Willie Obiano and complete the run…

    • George

      You pangenetic liar
      which APC are you referring to the one owed by your half dead godfather or the
      one line up only the nuisances boko haram agent as expected president

      • Wähala

        Agbero, illiterate thug…
        Read your comments again and get somebody to write your opinion while you register at evening adult classes. Anambra phools like Ezeife, Uba bros, Boi-Boi Peter Obi, and animals like you are the real problem of Ndigbo…
        You all have no common sense. The baztard has left APGA, Willie Obiano and co will follow suit and Ojukwu will be crying in his grave while thugs like you will be left holding your crotch under Onitsha head bridge… clowns!

        • King Carlos

          Onitsha bridge lol

      • Maria

        PDP now led by an illiterate called Ebele Jonathan… even my daughter in grade 1 can speak and read better than him…Jonathan is the sponsor of Mend and now boko haram… if not, let Henry Okah come out of prison, and you shall know the truth. Certainly, Henry will soon be released by South Africa…he is going to let the cat out detailing the terror activities of Jonathan beginning from 1999. We shall see how he will prevent South Africa from releasing Henry Okah.

  • SBBify

    Dead news! Did he just declared? What’s the difference? He has always been a PDP guy to as many of us that has been following our politics.

    • George

      He has his reasons better eat with fellows you known that demonds in APC

  • Jujubeans

    Surprise, Surprise. Not..,,
    Reading the names of the so-called Igbo political leaders, Olisa Metuh, Ike Ekwemerandu, etc, made my stomach turn. These crass, vile, opportunistic politicians are the best Ndigbo can do? Also, PDP is now a party for Ndigbo? Really? And we wonder why there hasn’t been an Igbo president in Nigeria to date.

    • George

      Igbo president will come out of those you called opportunistic.

      Politice is oportunistic business and that is why TINUBU made it as a Governor….. go and ask Korofered and the dead Funsho Willaims

      • Jujubeans

        You really think someone like Olisa Metuh is worthy of becoming President of Nigeria? O di Egwu!

      • Maria

        Hahahahahahaha… Olisah Metuh for president? Maybe Biafra president.

  • Screw-em

    Make una ask Obi 4 me……wetin Ojukwu and Bianca go do now since him “man friday” don jump ship?

    • George

      Where is Bianca already sleeping man

    • King Carlos

      Bianca wey dn join pindipi tey tey

  • George B. Alabi

    Dear Editor:

    If more Nigerians are attracted to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
    and, PDP is infamous as a gang of thieves stealing the treasury blind,
    can we say by syllogistic logic that majority of Nigerians are thieves too,
    or, what more logical conclusion can follow this generally agreed premiss?

  • Allahu akbomb

    Great news, Welcome home brother..

  • Nwokolo

    Rochas new this was the end game and moved on. The shameless PDP is in court about people that defected to APC now receiving Mimiko,Senators,Honorable Members etc from other parties. Labour Party dead, APGA dead not even by CONTROLED and PEACEFUL DEATH but by BLEEDING TO DEATH. Destroying political structures, sowing seeds of discord, swords of hatred, ethnic hatred, religious divisions etc, divisiveness all over the country. All because of the desperation of one man. Where is Victor Umeh and the APGA mandate? We cannot be fooled AGAIN.

    • George

      Shotup idiotic pay not oboy Nwokolo your Okorochas is a callous man so never you compare him with Peter Obi.

      Real men make real decision at real time and that is exactly what Peter Obi has done.

      • Nwokolo

        You are not making any sense. Poor tenses, poor structure, poor grammar, incoherent. Tufiakwa

  • djay

    Look at them, and tomorrow the will come out and be insulting the yorubas or the hausas. The igbos are not politicians and they don’t play politics that’s why the can never get the presidency, the hausas and yorubas play real politics that’s why power go btw the two while the igbos are just their to do political trade.

    That’s why I am strongly convinced that so long Gej has vested his re- election bid trusting on the Igbos to return him to power, he will lose the election hands down.

  • King Carlos

    Well, Nigeria would be better of as a 2 party state. Special thanks to Bola Tinubu, Buhari and the rest for having the courage to form an alliance, if not for that, Nigeria would have been a one party state ruled by emperor jona. I advise the small parties to fuse into the big ones so there can be sanity in the polity.

    I’m also waiting to hear Frederick Faseun fuse his UPN into the PDP.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Good article, madam. Impressive that together with Ms Bamidele Ademola-Olateju you are making a legitimate demand for a legitimate right. And please don’t let them consign women to ‘Women’s Affairs’ positions. That’s another trick they use to exclude, oppress, and exploit women. It means “sorry, we don’t have jobs that women can do”! I can’t imagine a job that is more cognitively, intellectually, and emotionally demanding than nurturing a pregnancy, raising a child, and often a husband or entire family – all while the lady is studying and/or working! But when it comes to offering women leadership or senior management positions, they’ll say women can’t multi-task, micro or macro manage!
    Also women [children] are being regularly abused by their teachers as early as in the primary school, not to even talk of secondary and tertiary institutions as well as in employment. Yet our women are not dealing head on with these issues in our newspaper columns, and so it continues. This article is a grateful change; and I hope it is not a one off but a Dedicated-Voice in our society.