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2023: Peter Obi dumps PDP, presidential primaries



…APC, PDP aspirants in last minute push for delegates
…Ekweremadu, Nnaji, Onoh withdraw from Enugu PDP primaries
…Parties in disarray in Ebonyi

FORMER Governor of Anambra State and frontline presidential aspirant on People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Mr. Peter Obi, has dumped the party and also pulled out of its presidential election primaries scheduled to hold in Abuja on Saturday.

  Obi disclosed his exit from PDP in an interaction with selected media in Abuja, yesterday.

  According to Obi, he dumped the leading opposition party after ‘getting wind of a gang up’ against him ahead the primaries.

  Although Obi did not immediately disclose his next line of action, there are indications that he may switch over to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to realise his 2023 presidential election ambition.

  In another development, politicians aspiring for All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential tickets in the forthcoming 2023 general election are locking horns in the eleventh-hour shopping for delegates ahead the primaries of the two dominant parties.

  While Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Gov.  Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and National Leader of APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, among other contenders are intensifying their separate consultations with prospective delegates of the ruling party from Imo States, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and former Senate President, Bukola Saraki among others, in the 17 aspirants that got the nod of PDP screening committee to purchase the presidential forms, are each in ‘war’ mode for their separate shares in the 2, 340 delegates that will vote in PDP’s primary in Abuja this weekend.

  Although there are indications that Atiku and Saraki are the leading contenders for the ticket, after Mr. Peter Obi pulled out, political analysts predict Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State’s campaigns may upstage traditional permutations to emerge as dark horses or playing spoilers role that may turn out crucial for the ultimate fortunes of whoever becomes PDP’s flag bearer.

  Similarly, Osinbajo met with delegates from Abia and Ebonyi behind closed doors while Lawan, who consulted with the delegates at the party’s secretariat in Owerri, pledged to fully accommodate the interests of South-East geopolitical zone, if elected president.

  In a related development, at least three governorship aspirants withdrew from PDP’s governorship primary election in Enugu State, yesterday.

  They are former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Captain Everest Nnaji and Joseph Onoh. But while the other two gladiators were mute on Gov. Ifeeanyi Ugwuanyi’s move to foist Mr. Peter Mba as the party’s consensus candidate, Onoh said he was not backing Mbah.

  Meanwhile, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) are in disarray in Ebonyi State as each of the political parties is trapped in internal squabbles ahead of their governorship primaries.

  Although cracks in both parties started with zoning of the governorship position to two senatorial zones instead of one, the cracks further widened following acrimonious election of state executive committees of both parties and coronally court cases which have seen chairmanship positions change hands.

  Also, there are recriminations among rival camps that delegates’ election of both parties has been hijacked to worsen the crisis in both parties.

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