How Former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi was Persuaded to Join PDP
On Tuesday, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), paid former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi a visit at his home in Onitsha.
Their task was to ask the former governor to join the party which many see as a formality because he was already working for the party, whether or not he is a member.
Recall that Mr. Obi had in August resigned as the leader and Chairman of the Board of Trustees BoT of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), a party under which platform he served as governor for 8 years.
The visit was lead by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekwerumadu, Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, Secretary to Federal Government, Sen. Pius Anyim Pius.
Others in the entourage included, the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Dr. Godswill Akpabio, former Governor, Okwesilieze Nwodo,former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, Sen. Uche Chukwumerije, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Sen. Ben Obi, Sen. Igwe Paulinus and Former Aviation Minister, Kema Chikwe.
During the meeting which lasted for several hours, the leaders of the PDP asked Mr. Obi to dump his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the PDP.
Mr. Obi initially told the leader that he get back to the leaders on their request that he joins PDP, but when the forum of the PDP leaders insisted that time was of essence, he decided to heed their request.
In a statement, Obi’s media aide, Valentine Obienyem, the former governor announced that he has now joined the PDP.
He said the issue of joining a national party is not about happening in his former party All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) , but because of the need to be a competitor and not a spectator in national affairs.
” I have in the past worked closely with all of you and you know my belief about our zone working together. I assure you that we will continue to work even closer as a team in the interest of our people, ” Obi said.
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