Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed that people in the South-East won’t vote in favor of Peter Obi, presidential aspirant of the Labor Party, notwithstanding calls for Igbo administration.
Peter Obi had decamp from the Peoples Democratic Party three days before its presidential primaries, for the Labor Party, claiming that there was a ‘fluctuation’ with his character and principles.
Responding in a video going round on social media, Ekweremadu said however Obi is from the South-East locale, people from the geopolitical zone won’t vote in favor of him (Obi).
He noticed that voting Obi in the approaching presidential election is more similar to discarding votes considering the political party he is presently affiliated with.
Ekweremadu said the South-East will rather decide in favor of Atiku and support the PDP on the grounds that its vice presidential candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa is from the region.
Okowa is the of Delta State, which is in the South-South. Nonetheless, guarding his Igbo heredity as of late, Okowa portrayed himself as an Igbo man from Delta. He said Igbo people from Delta State in the South-South have an “affinity with different Igbos in the South-East”.
Yet, Ekweremadu noticed that people in the region need not cast votes in light of feelings, adding that Obi might be qualified, however the future of the people lies with the PDP.
He said, “I guarantee you that South-East will decide in favor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I can ensure that. Peter Obi is our child, yet you should be dynamic.
“You want to ask yourself, can Peter at any point win the presidential election? Could the East at any point bear to discard their voters? Can we at any point stand to be wistful in issues that worry our people, our kids, and our future? No.
“We don’t mean to do a thing which we will lament in future. In this way, while we accept that Peter is capably qualified, we accept that the fate of our people lies with PDP.
“So we want to settle on that choice as the leaders. I will sit with our people and explain for them.
“Okowa, obviously, is one of us, so there is no contrast among Okowa and Peter concerning safeguarding the interest of the South. Thus, we will proceed to give people of the South-East that open door.”