Anambra State governor, Chukwuma Soludo has advised Ndigbo to bargain with the candidates of the two leading political parties, APC and PDP, Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar because Peter Obi of the Labour Party will lose.
He said this on Monday in an article titled “History beckons and I will not be silent (part 1).
Soludo had come under fire from supporters of Peter Obi via his comments on the flag bearer of Labour Party regarding an investment made by Obi during his time as Anambra’s governor.
Reacting to the attacks on him by Obidients online, Soludo, through the article said Peter Obi is playing a game and he knows he cannot win the 2023 elections.
He wrote, “Let’s be clear: Peter Obi knows that he can’t and won’t win. He knows the game he is playing, and we know too; and he knows that we know. The game he is playing is the main reason he didn’t return to APGA. The brutal truth (and some will say, God forbid) is that there are two persons/parties seriously contesting for president: the rest is exciting drama! That many Americans may not like the fact that Joe Biden (79 years) and Donald Trump (76 years) are two frontrunners for president in their parties does not remove the fact that if both of them emerge as candidates, definitely one of them will be president in 2024.
It is not too late for Ohanaeze Ndigbo and progressive Igbo leaders to pre-emptively start charting a pragmatic future for Ndigbo in Nigeria after the elections. Armchair social media analysts can have the luxury of fantasizing with wild speculations. Right or wrong, they earn their pay and with no consequences.
“For us as leaders, the lives of tens of millions are at stake. We have a historic duty to act and being silent or politically correct is not an option. For starters, Ohanaeze should study the report of my committee (planning and strategy) in 2019. It may still be relevant today. Second, Ndigbo should seriously study the MoU signed at the Yar’Adua Centre in 2010. The leader of Igbo Political Association, Chief Simon Okeke, and our members are still there. Thirdly and for me, Ndigbo should strategise and bargain especially with the TWO candidates likely to be president on at least four central issues.