IGBO PRESIDENCY: Why Are The South Easterners Mute Over Peter Obi’s Withdrawal? I had expected that the resignation of His Excellency, Peter Obi, from the PDP due to manifest frustration would sufficiently outrage the Igbos, but surprisingly, the people are as quiet as untroubled River as if nothing has happened.
The PDP is the party that the Igbos have invested everything they have politically, since 1999, as far as national politics is concerned.
In Igbo land, PDP has consistently posted superlative victories upon victories in general elections, making Igbo land an undoubted stronghold of the party in Nigeria.
But today, a frontline Presidential aspirant of the PDP, the brightest, and perhaps, most prospective from the zone has pulled out of the party due to neck-pressing frustration of his aspiration for the Presidency, and shockingly, everywhere is calm.
The kind of investment the Igbos have made in the PDP is huge, which makes the passivity with which they have treated the Peter Obi exit from the party a disappointing statement that they simply do not care about return on investment, which in itself is a contradiction of the famous Igbo spirit.
What is clear, though, is that Peter Obi’s exit from the PDP gives vent to the discernibly unfolding unpredictability and excessive competitiveness of the 2023 elections.
The 2023 general election is going to be perhaps the most pulsating since 1999, but whether Obi’s exit from the PDP will weaken the stranglehold of the PDP on the Igbo nation remains to be seen. The sign, however, does not show that any shock is in the offing from the region.
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You are wrong. Let me now proceed and tell you the three things that may have sealed the fate of the party in the region:
1. Non reciprocity of the party to the region’s commitment and total loyalty to it. The way the party has shown extreme insensitivity to the aspiration and expectations of the people of the region to have it select it’s presidential candidate, shocked the people to numbness. And when it eventually proceeds to pick someone from elsewhere, the reaction would be a total disconnection.
2. Peter Obi’s exit from the party will hurt it big. This is so, especially as he is being perceived by the people of the region to have been conspired and schemed out by powerful non South Easterner like Wike, Tambuwal etc in collaboration with some South East sellouts.
Obi’s force is not only gaining momentum, it is gaining more acceptance nationally, especially among the youths who are more populous. He is going to bring them out of their disenchantment and inspire them into punitive and protest voting, to the detriment of the party.
3. The exits of popular chieftains like Senators Ekweremadu and Abaribe. In Abia, Ikpeazu is not popular while Abaribe for his pro IPOB stance makes him a folk hero. In Enugu, Ekweremadu is very popular. His anti zoning stance might have done him some damage, however, with the fallout of the Enugu PDP primaries where the Nsukka cultural zone, with the largest voting strength in the state, feel aggrieved that they were denied the slot through Isi-Uzo, the resultant discontentment could be harvested by the opposition. It is not going to be business as usual for the PDP, especially if Ekweremadu takes the ticket of the APC with its national strength as the ruling party, and a formidable candidate from the right zone contests in Peter Obi’s party as its gubernatorial candidate.
Politics is a game of reality rather than sentiments. The reality on ground is that Peter Obi might appear to be among the best aspiring for the presidency in 2023 but he doesn’t seem to have the pizzazz that’s required to be president. He seems to lack the fighting spirit and only relies on the illusion that the presidency will be delivered to him on a tray just like the head of John the Baptist was delivered to the daughter of Herodias. Politics all over the world doesn’t work that way! People fight to get political powers.
Whilst the ingredients of your charge appears plausible, your deduction if not conclusion is a far cry from the truth. Igbos and well-meaning Nigerians are outraged by Obi’s unceremonious exit from the PDP. In the ensuing dilemma, majority have chosen to channel their angst against the PDP in helping Obi achieve his presidential ambition rather than dissipate it on ‘inconsequential’ social media rants.
For the first time in my political evolution, I flirted with thoughts of resigning from official PDP. As an LGA official, that would certainly stir a ripple. But let’s watch and see. It’s game on.