While assuring our principal and the man Nigerians overwhelmingly elected on February 25th, 2023 to be their president, Mr Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) of our determination to march with him, all the way as he strives to recover his stolen mandate, we urge him to keep the agreement he had with his brother, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, the Abia State Governor.
We are aware that prior to last Saturday’s presidential election, Obi and Ikpeazu had an agreement that he (Ikpeazu) would support the LP candidate in the presidential poll, in any way he can while remaining a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was based on the above that the Abia State Government gave all necessary logistics support to Obi during his campaign visit to the state and also ensured that we, Abia State Obidients operated in a conducive atmosphere without hindrance unlike some other Igbo Governors, notably Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi.
Most importantly, Ikpeazu, had the opportunity of “writing Abia State results”like Wike did but chose to forego that, so as not to tamper with Obi’s votes. Unfortunately, he ended up sacrificing his senatorial bid in the process.
It is therefore only fair and just that our principal should be his usual honorable self by keeping to the terms of the agreement which is that he should not come back again to Abia to openly campaign for Dr Alex Otti, to avoid antagonizing the Governor, who has kept his own side of the agreement and who still has so much to contribute in ensuring that Obi reclaims his stolen mandate.
AGREEMENT IS AGREEMENT!
Chetachi Ikpe Coordinator
OBEDIENCE ACROSS PARTIES ALLIANCE (OAPA) ABIA STATE
OBI COMING TO ABIA TOMORROW TO CAMPAIGN FOR OTTI DIVISIVE, UNFORTUNATE AFTER NDI ABIA VOTED MASSIVELY FOR HIM ACROSS PARTY LINES
We wish to urge our principal, the Labour Party, LP candidate in last Saturday’s presidential election, Mr Peter Obi to immediately shelve his intention of coming to Abia State tomorrow to campaign again for Dr Alex Otti, the LP Governorship candidate.
Firstly, on February 25th, 2023, Ndi Abia voted massively for him across party lines, in line with our campaign slogan of “Obidience Across Parties Alliance”. Certainly, he wouldn’t have gotten the quantum of votes he got in Abia, if every party, especially the PDP, as the ruling party in the state voted its own candidate.
However, in the spirit of the agreement he had with Governor Ikpeazu, the Abia State Government decided not to work against Obi’s election, by using the full weight of state machinery at his disposal to thwart his election by tampering with his results as was done in some other states.
We urge Obi to focus on reclaiming his stolen mandate and resist the temptation of getting involved in Abia State Governorship politics. Since virtually all Abians including the Governorship candidates of all political parties, except the All Progressives Congress, APC supported him, his coming again to re-endorse Otti will be counterproductive and capable of causing public disaffection. Abians see that as an unwelcome interference, let Ndi Abia be allowed to vote for any Governorship candidate of their choice based on competence, not party loyalty just as they voted for Obi without consideringy party loyalty.
Chief Ndubueze Obiakwata