A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State has said he will support Peter Obi of Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election.
Sampson Orji dumped his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday.
The former governorship aspirant promised to vote for Obi in the forthcoming election.
According to Orji, Obi’s antecedents and competence put him above other presidential candidates.
Orji while speaking during a radio programme promised to mobilise support for Obi not because he is his fellow Igbo but because of his antecedents.
He further stated that asking him to choose between Atiku and Obi is like asking him to choose between darkness and light.
Orji in his statement declared the former Governor of Anambra State as light.
He noted, “I’m a PDP man till tomorrow but I will support Peter Obi not because he is Igbo but because of what he represents. Obi is a movement. My family and friends will vote for Obi. Atiku is my friend but Peter Obi is a better candidate.”
Orji added that Obi is also from the South East which is believed to be the zone expected to take over in 2023.
He said, “Why can’t Atiku support Obi who was his running mate in 2019? I must speak the truth: what are we gaining in PDP that for 16 years it was in power Aba to Port Harcourt Expressway is not passable? You cannot drive from Umuahia to Ikot Ekpene or from Owerri to Umuahia on a good road.
“So, it is blindness to tell me to support Atiku when we have somebody in Peter Obi who has shown competence and capacity to take Nigeria out of the woods. Should I work against him because he’s Igbo?”