At a stakeholders meeting in Ukpor, Nnewi South local government area of Anambra, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, advised Igbos across the country to give their votes to the PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar. He said the current government is incompetent and does not deserve another chance.
On the Igbo interest: Obasanjo referenced promises made by some government officials, like the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, to the Igbos that a Buhari second term would guarantee that Igbos get a chance to succeed him in 2023. According to Obasanjo, it would be unwise for Igbos to believe such a promise as the government is not trustworthy. He said the Igbos deserve to occupy a prominent place and should not allow themselves to be relegated.
Obasanjo who has already publicly endorsed the Atiku/Obi ticket, prayed for a successful outing for the duo. The PDP Vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, was present at the event. Obasanjo said Atiku and Obi “have great work to do for Nigeria,” and “have become a beacon of hope to all Nigerians who have had it so rough in the last four years.
“It is incumbent on Obi to think out of the box to take the nation out of the woods caused by incumbent clueless administrators. With Obi’s pedigree as a governor, he was hopeful that things will work for Nigeria under his leadership as vice president of the country,” he said.
Bottom line: Obasanjo has become more and more vocal in his support of the PDP. His call for the Igbos to take promises of an Igbo presidency in 2023 under the APC with a pinch of salt is particularly relevant when placed side by side with promises made by other members of the administration like VP Yemi Osinbajo and Power minister, Babatunde Fashola, who have said it would return to the South West. That is not to say that a power shift to the Igbos is guaranteed under the PDP as nothing is set in stone.