Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi has said he would rather be a competitor and not a spectator in national affairs, justifying his decision to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Obi spoke to a coterie of PDP leaders who met with him in Onitsha, the capital of Anambra State. On the PDP side were Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, and Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Theodore Orji. Others included Governors of Akwa-Ibom and Ebonyi, Godswill Akpabio and Martin Elechi; the party’s former National Chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo; former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, Minister of Labour, Emeka Nwogu; his counterpart in Power, Chinedu Nebo.
Obi assured the delegation that “I heard your kind and passionate requests and that your journey would not be in vain but in the best interest of our people.” PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said they embarked on the visit based on the resolve by the PDP South-East stakeholders to persuade Obi to join the PDP, so as to make ‘more meaningful contribution to national affairs.’ Obi said his decision to jump ship was not connected to the current issues facing his former party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.