The endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Atiku Abubakar, by the Igbo socio-political group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, on Thursday is beginning is to have domino effect on the aspirations of two major candidates in the forthcoming elections.
Less than 24 hours the South East-based socio-cultural endorsed Atiku, a former Governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, Friday, dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, reported Daily Post.
Nwobodo, who defected to the APC on the wake of the massive defection across the country, rejoined his former political platform, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He was conspicuously absent as the All Progressives Congress flagged off its presidential election campaign in the State on Thursday. He announced his defection during a visit by key leaders of the PDP in the Southeast to his Amaechi country home, in Enugu.
On the entourage were S.N Okeke, former chairman, Police Service Commission, Prof. A.B.C Nwosu, Chief Oseloka Obaze, the Secretary to the Abia State Government, among others.
They had asked Nwobodo to return to the PDP, a party he co-founded in 1998.
“Why we are here is that a house you built has been vacant, we are calling on you to most respectfully step back to your house,” Okeke had pleaded.
Responding to the please, Nwobodo said he was stepping aside from the All Progressives Congress, APC, chronicling various issues plaguing the nation.
He said prominent political leaders from the Southeast had earlier met him in Abuja few days ago over the same issue.
“It is difficult for me to ignore their call and I cannot do that. Where will I go if I’m not with you. I’m back to PDP.
“I’m a democrat, I believe in democracy, those around Mr. President should tell him the truth,” he declared questioning some of the activities of the APC members.
He described attempt to arraign the Chief Justice of Nigeria illegally as a mockery and desecration of the the judiciary and the rule of law, stressing “I will not be part of it.”
Recalled that the Igbo socio-political group endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Atiku.
The President General of Ohaneze, John Nwodo, announced the endorsement in a statement. He said the ‘Ime Obi’ which is the highest decision making council of the group took the decision in Enugu after it’s meeting.
“In its collective search for a polity that is just, egalitarian and inclusive, the Ime Obi Ohaneze Ndi Igbo met today Thursday 24 January, 2019 at the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu, to further deliberate on the future of Ndigbo in the chequred history of a beleaguered country”.
He said the Ime Obi took the decision after a ” critical and dispassionate appraisal of the issues and the visible fault lines in the polity, including the analysis of the election manifestos of the various contesting parties, especially with regards to the restructuring of the federation and continued relevance of the people of the Southeast in the Nigerian geopolitical space.”
The game is becoming more interesting as the day draws closer?