Anambra PDP: Obi Is A Social Media Candidate, He Didn’t Inform Us Before Leaving
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State have “rejected” the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, ahead of the 2023 general election.
The members described Mr Obi as a “social media candidate,” insisting that the council area has always been a PDP stronghold and that the former governor of Anambra would not change the situation with his “personal ambition.”
In October 2014, seven months after handing over to Wille Obiano, he defected to the PDP.
‘We were not consulted’
“We were in the party before Peter Obi joined us when he left APGA. And PDP was already formidable and winning elections. His decision to leave after many years of benefiting from the PDP and to pursue his personal ambitions cannot impact the party negatively,” said Ugochukwu Adilieje, the PDP coordinator in Anaocha council area, where Mr Obi hails from.
“Peter Obi never consulted his political family before his decision to leave; for him, it was his personal ambition, and such cannot be binding on us all as we have our own personal ambition, which is for PDP to win in next year’s election and in other elections,” he stated.
Mr Adilieje asked his party members not to be afraid of candidates from other political parties, maintaining that the PDP members would support the party’s presidential candidate, Mr Atiku, and other candidates of the party to win in next year’s polls.
“We are members of the PDP and must own up to our party and its presidential candidate and ensure that he wins in our local government area and state. Peter Obi is only popular on social media and not in Anaocha (Council Area).”
‘Rallies will not influence voters’
Since he emerged as the LP candidate, Mr Obi has been enjoying an increased following which later dovetailed into rallies usually organised by his supporters, otherwise known as Obidients.
But Mr Adilieje dismissed the rallies, saying such would not have an effect on voters.
Chuma Ezeafurukwe, the coordinator of the party in Aguata council area of the state, said the appointment of Mr Okonkwo, a professor, as the party’s PCC director in Anambra State had rejuvenated the PDP in the state.