A senior member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Ben Obi, has said reacted to the comment by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the 2023 presidency going to the Southwest.
According to him, Osinbàjo’s remark was insensitive and height of mischief.
Recall that Osinbajo had said President Muhammadu Buhari would hand over the presidency to the South West after completing his two terms in office.
But in a statement in Abuja, Obi berated Osinbajo for asserting that the presidency would revert to the South West after Buhari in 2023.
“Apart from the fact that the PDP will win the 2019 presidential election in which case Osinbajo’s reckless and morally outrageous scenario will never come to pass, the mere thought of making that insensitive declaration after Obasanjo’s 8-year presidential tenure and Osinbajo’s 4-year vice presidency, in the context in which power is yet to rotate to the South East, is the height of political intolerance and mischief-making,” he said.
Obi, who is also the Director of the Campaign’s CUPP/Inter-party Directorate, said Osinbajo should learn the historical circumstances that threw up the Obasanjo Vs Falae presidential contest in 1999 and why the Late Dr. Alex Ekwueme sacrificed so much to ensure that Obasanjo won that election.
The senator charged Osinbajo to retrieve his “lost moral compass” with regard to this issue, and “also with regard to his Tradermoni vote-buying antics which, as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor, and a pastor, he knows to be an unethical, corrupt and reprehensible electoral manoeuvre.”
The PDP chieftain said the opposition party would be working closely with local communities and their grassroots-based organizations for a full buy-in into its vision of getting Nigeria to work again, the first step of which would entail taking the country back and re-directing it on the path of peace, security, and prosperity