A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechuhwu, has slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over his claim that Peter Obi left the PDP because he was scared of the governors of the party.
Recall that Atiku, while speaking at a world press conference on Thursday in Abuja, said Obi, the Labour Party (LP) was in a rush to become the president and was scared of PDP governors.
Atiku said he stayed in the party and fought the governors who wanted one of them to emerge as the presidential candidate and running mate.
The former Vice President also admitted that Obi took the votes of the PDP in the South-East and Southsouth.
But in a chat with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, Okechukwu accused Atiku of lying and making false claim about the reason Obi left the PDP.
He knocked Atiku for deceiving Nigerians with the false narrative that Obi rushed out of PDP when in fact it was Atiku’s insistence to contest the zoning principle that propelled Obi to find an alternative platform.
Okechukwu recalled how the former Vice President brought his opportunism to APC to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari for the APC presidenthe zoning principle that propelled Obi to find an alternative
He said: ”Now, for Atiku to play the blame game by bellyaching against Peter Obi, who turned out as the hero of the 2023 presidential election, is quite distressing.
”How can Atiku claim that Obi was scared out by PDP Governors when it was public knowledge that his huge war chest and competition with Nyesom Wike made PDP’s primary too contentious and corrupt for Peter Obi?
”It was Atiku’s opportunism that eclipsed the PDP and halted Obi’s hurricane. The simple truth is that His Excellency, Atiku Abubukar’s opportunism eclipsed the PDP.
”Here was a man who in 2014 defected to APC, on the patriotic premise that the then President Goodluck Jonathan breached the rotation convention between north and south.
”Today, he violently breached the same rotation convention and the constitution of his party with lamentation outcome.”
The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) also asked the former Vice President to stop making false claims about the February 25 presidential poll.
Okechukwu said Atiku glossed over the obvious fact that his desperation and crass opportunism led to his defeat at the poll, stressing that Obi was not only responsible for Atiku’s defeat.
He, however, urged Atiku to retire honourably from active politics instead of playing the sore loser and sulking publicly with false narratives.