The Labour party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, on Tuesday, met with some aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, stating that, in the face of rising security threats and a humanitarian crisis, he and the PDP Governors share a desire to build a better Nigeria.
He stated this while speaking in Makurdi during a visit to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.
“The only deal I have with them is that they are passionate about Nigeria,” Mr Obi said.
He criticised the All Progressive Congress for acting ineffectively in the face of the current situation.
Obi lauded Governor Ortom for tackling security issues in Benue State at personal risk and discomfort.
In his speech, Governor Ortom counselled Mr. Obi to bargain for influence with other prominent presidential contenders while pledging to serve the people.
According to the governor, he would have been working for the Labour party candidate if he weren’t a PDP member.
Some aggrieved PDP governors include Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Oyo, Seyi Makinde, Governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikepeazu and Samuel Ortom.
Because of a prior agreement, the governors have asked PDP National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu to step down in favour of a southerner.
The Governors have withdrawn their support for Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate since Mr. Ayu is adamant about staying as Chairman.
The PDP has been affected internally after Atiku emerged as the party’s presidential candidate. The aggrieved members had called on the party’s national leader to heed his word and resign, as both northerners could not serve in top capacities. There have been speculations that the aggrieved PDP Governors may not support the party’s presidential candidate, having backed out of his campaign.
The likes of Nyesome Wike has been seen with the labour party presidential candidate on several occasion. Do you feel the PDP chieftain is said to be an Obi-Datti supporter? Please drop your comment.