Peter Obi declared for the PDP a few days in Onitsha, Anambra state to the dismay and disappointment of Anambra people although many superficially claim they had expected it.
Obi formally declared to join the PDP amidst pomp, ceremony and mini fanfare on the 8th of October, 2014. The declaration was done in his Onitsha GRA residence, and it was done in the presence of the media, and numerous PDP leaders from the South-East, including the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekwerumadu; Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha; SGF, Sen. Pius Anyim Pius and the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, others in the entourage includes, the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Dr. Godswill Akpabio, Governor Elechi(rep); former Governor, Okwesilieze Nwodo, former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, Sen. Uche Chukwumerije, Emma Anosike, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Sen. Ben Obi, Sen. Igwe Paulinus, Kema Chikwe, Others are Hons. Ozongbachi, Offor Chukwuegbo, Uche Ekwunife, Chris Azobogu, Fort Dike, Jerry Alagboso, Toby Okechukwu, Kingsley Ebenyi, Onyechi Ezenwa, Ibechie, Eucharia Anazodo, Chuma Nzeribe, Princess Adaeze Oduah, Arua Arunsi, Egwuatu Cyril, Anayo Nebe, Col Usobundu, Ifeanyi Ubah. Members of the Federal EXCO were there: Emeka Nwogu, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Osita Chidoka, Valarie Onwualili, among many others.
I have stated these facts and set the records straight due to the fact that some people still have the guts to deny the reality that Peter Obi has left APGA for good.
They ought to have done their homework before speaking out. Peter Obi had not only left APGA, but he also gave a clue as to why he dumped the party under which Anambrarians were mobilized and persuaded to support him when he desired to govern the state. Obi’s reason for joining the PDP (according to his own statements on the day he defected to the party) is not about the crisis in APGA, but because of his personal desire to compete and not spectate in national affairs. SIMPLY PUT, the ex-governor wants to assume a POLITICAL OFFICE at the federal level.
If you have been keeping tabs on the PDP and its activities since 1999, you will have noticed that a recurring pattern for ex-governors or senators from a minority party to assume ministerial, ambassadorial or other juicy political positions in the federal government, if only they jettison the sacrifices and pains the masses had gone through for them while they were members of the minority and join the PDP, is already playing itself out in Peter Obi’s case.
One of the most recent instances is the appointment of Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau as Minister of Education. Shekarau like Obi had also served as governor of his state – Kano for eight years under a minority party. However, Shekarau became a federal minister shortly after he left the APC for the PDP. It’s clear to discerning Anambrarians that a similar scenario is about to play out for Obi except some serious unforeseen contingencies arise as the days go by.
Let us recall the words of the coordinating minister of the economy and minister of finance – Prof. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during an auspicious public event held in March, 2014 at Onitsha to mark the end of Peter Obi’s 8-year stewardship as governor of Anambra, the minister had publicly said: “Margaret shouldn’t prepare Peter Obi a long holiday after he leaves office as governor, because Mr. President has prepared something special for him at the federal level.” So Obi’s defection to PDP can be said to had been rightly anticipated by discerning Anambrarians.
Peter Obi is a young and vibrant philosopher yet a very pragmatic, business-minded and ambitious leader. He had reasoned that remaining in a party in which the national chairman appears distracted by a personal desire to become a senator in 2015 will deal heavy jabs to his hope of assuming a prominent political office at the federal level and perhaps murder it. Peter Obi had to defect before the distractions in APGA makes a lot of his personal agenda too difficult to be accomplished.
Obi’s decision to move to the PDP isn’t the result of the flattery, the unimaginably flowery words, and the propaganda that was uttered by the PDP leaders that “persuaded” him to join the fold, it was about the agreement between Aso Rock and Peter Obi.
While Obi still maintains that the key leaders in APGA remain his personal friends, and that this will continue so long as they wish to maintain that friendship, his defection to the PDP is seen by most Anambrarians as a disappointment, betrayal of trust, and abuse of the people’s intelligence for personal gain.
Peter Obi may have other genuine personal reasons for the defection, but he should know that the masses that stood by him through the thick and thin of his days as Anambra governor may no longer trust him as they used to do, because a majority of them no longer see him as different from the PDP “rogues” that wrecked havoc in the state in times past.