Chief Olisa Metuh, a former national spokesperson of the people Democratic Party, PDP has reacted to the defection of a 2023 presidential aspirant, Peter Obi from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former governor of Anambra on Wednesday caused a stir in the political environment when he announced he has dumped the PDP ahead of the party’s presidential primary election.
The former Anambra State Governor was said to have tendered his resignation letter at the PDP National Secretariat, through his campaign director, Doyin Okupe.
According to reports, Obi’s exit came as the politician expressed fears he might be humiliated at the convention in Abuja.
Reacting to the development; the PDP chieftain, Metuh via his Facebook page on Thursday noted in his statement that the resignation of the former governor will cost the opposition party so much.
He added that Peter Obi is an electoral force despite the fact that a lot of people opined that he was just a social media sensation.
He noted that if the PDP decides to ignore Obi, it will be at their own peril.
Read the statement below;
“THE MAN, PETER GREGORY OBI.
“A lot of people have opined that Peter Obi is just a Facebook fad and that he has buried his political future by leaving our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party. I have a short story to tell them.
“Sometime in 2001, Mr Peter Obi romanced with the APF, then a big force within the Anambra PDP. In one of the meetings in Ikoyi Hotel hosted by Sir Emeka Offor, Peter was not allowed to talk and the bulk of the politicians actually made fun of him then. Peter left the PDP and subsequently joined APGA where he sold himself directly to the people. The rest is history.
“Today, the new electoral act has afforded Peter Obi the opportunity to campaign for almost 9 months. He is not just a social media fave, he is actually an electoral machine and indeed a phenomenon. PDP can only ignore him at its own peril.
“I kept the faith even with the apparent neglect and non-challans with my ordeal and travail. I refused to be intimidated and cowed, I rejected the overtures and ever ready to face all and every persecution thrown my way, but this is rather too much me.
“How can the elders and leaders pretend not to know the extent of the damage being done to our party, my beloved PDP.
“Inevitably, Peter’s resignation will cost PDP so much goodwill.
“I hope there is a plan B or a Marshall plan?”