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Race to 2027: Atiku not Wike made Obi leave PDP- Obi’s aide counters Ibe

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Race to 2027: Atiku not Wike made Obi leave PDP- Obi's aide counters Ibe

As warm up for the race to 2027 politics continues, Peter Obi’s aide on Public Affairs has said it was Atiku’s presidential ambition, not Wike’s action, that made the former PDP vice presidential candidate leave the main opposition.

 

Katch Ononuju, said the accusation from Atiku Abubakar’s media aide, Paul Ibe, on Seun Okinbaloye’s Mic On Podcast show, that Wike frustrated Peter Obi out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was wrong.

 

The Special Adviser to the 2019 vice presidential candidate to Atiku, Katch, said in the build-up to the 2023 election, Atiku’s insistence on fulfilling his presidential ambition, was responsible for Obi joining the Labour Party.

 

On Monday, May 13, the Special Adviser to Peter Obi on Public Affairs, Katch Ononuju, in a comment described the statement of Ibe as “a lie from the pit of hell.”

 

describing Atiku’s presidential ambition as “inordinate”, Ononuju further added, “Atiku’s inordinate ambition is reason for our leaving to start the youths movement.”

 

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While on Seun Okinbaloye’s Mic On podcast, Ibe said the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party was to zone the presidential position to the South East, which would have favoured Obi.

 

He said Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, promoted the idea of PDP zoning the 2023 presidential position to the South. He added that Atiku agreed he would not contest if the position would be zoned to the South East.

 

Ibe added that Atiku’s call for the presidency to be zoned to the South East was frustrated by Wike as he would not contest if it was zoned to the Igbo region.

 

Atiku did not force Peter Obi out of the party, Wike, immediate former governor of Rivers State, was instrumental in the exit of Obi because Wike had promoted the zoning of the presidency to the south.

 

Ibe said Atiku Abubakar had said that he was prepared to get himself off the ticket if the party zoned the ticket to the Southeast.

 

“Wike frustrated that effort because he believed that if it was zoned to the south, not the southeast, he would be in the best position to be able to get the ticket.”

 

Katch Ononuju, however, called on Atiku to publicly show his support for Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, before the next election of 2027. He added that the former vice president should avoid restarting his presidential desire in the next election round.

 

Ononuju said, “Atiku should publicly declare his support for the South East now so everyone will key into it instead of restarting his old I must be president ritual.”