Former governor of Anambra state and the Presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi has been in the news in recent time. It is either he is being commended, supported or condemned, criticized over his quest to lead Nigeria from consumption to production.
Yesterday, an Anambra born-business billionaire, Prince Arthur Eze, has condemned Obi’s ambition of becoming the next president of Nigeria after, President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Anambra businessman and billionaire, Prince Arthur Eze has distanced himself from Peter Obi’s presidential dream saying he does not support it.
Eze, who spoke at the occasion of the 2022 Ofala festival of HRH Igwe (Dr.) Robert Eze, the traditional ruler of Ukpo in Dunukofia local government area of the state on Monday, December 26, 2022, said warned Obi to drop his ambition, but he wouldn’t listen.
He said after listening to the Labour Party presidential candidate on the number of states he thought he could win, he advised him to withdraw from the race and wait for next time.
He added that he advised him not to waste his money because he was not convinced that the Labour Party flag bearer can win the 2023 presidential election.
He said, “I warned Peter Obi to withdraw from this race but he would not listen. I told him plainly that I am not part of his plans. I told him to drop his ambition, and wait for next time.
“When he told me about his ambition, I asked him the states he thinks he can win in the west and in the north — he told me; but I was not convinced. I told him he cannot win; so that he would not waste his time and money.”
Peter Obi emerged as the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in June after he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the workers’ party.
Arthur Eze afraid of losing influence says Obi’s Spokesman
Diran Onifade, the Spokesperson for the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has described comments ascribed to Anambra businessman, Chief Arthur Eze, about the LP candidate as unfortunate but not unexpected.
Onifade said this in a telephone interview with Vanguard, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
He was responding to Eze’s call on Obi to jettison his Presidential ambition because Ndigbo had other plans for now and in the future.
Onifade who made it clear that he was expressing his personal opinion on the subject, said, “It is the influence of people like that that we want to take our politics away from.
“He is part of the establishment and structure that young Nigerians what to take our country back from.
“When we take power from the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, the likes of Arthur Eze will no longer wield the kind of influence they enjoy today.
“You don’t expect them to take this lying down. Our candidate and our campaign remain focused on the take ahead which is to take back our country, rebuild it to make it take its proper place in the comity of nations. “