2023 Presidency: Obasanjo May Dump Atiku For Peter Obi
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is reportedly set to dump his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar for the former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi It has been reported that the former Vice President emerged as the Presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at last Saturday’s primary election held in Abuja.
While the former Governor of Anambra State emerged as the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party on Monday in Delta State.
In a chat with New Telegraph, a close associate of Obasanjo said the former President feels that the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the South, in the interest of equity, justice and fairness.
The source said Obasanjo has concluded plans to throw his weight behind Obi and dump Atiku due to the outcome of the presidential primary of the PDP.
He added that the former President’s possible support for Peter Obi is borne out of patriotism and the need for balancing, equity, and justice, considering the plurality of Nigeria.
The source added that a former Governor of Cross River State has been appointed to galvanize support for Obi ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He said:“Let me inform you that Chief Obasanjo’s possible support for Peter Obi is borne out of patriotism and the need for balancing, equity, and justice, considering the plurality of Nigeria.
“On the 29th (May), former President Olusegun Obasanjo expressed his unhappiness about the outcome of the presidential primary of the PDP.
“He has commissioned a former Governor of Cross River State, to drive the process of galvanizing support for a Southern Presidency, Obi being the preferred choice.
“As a matter of fact, the former governor is under instruction to bring Obi, and many aggrieved PDP stalwarts and interests together.
“He assured of his total commitment to the project of ensuring the realisation of a President of Southern extraction, for purposes of equity and fair play.
“I know as a fact that the former President said he was travelling outside the country, and that when he returned, he would meet with the strategists, including the ex-Anambra chief executive.
“Obi welcomed the proposed support, and promised the former President of his commitment to a united, peaceful and prosperous country.”