By Chinelo Obogo
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has described the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi as an emerging force who connects seamlessly with the youth and whose message resonates with many.
Ikpeazu who posted the message on his twitter handle on Sunday, July 31, after Obi paid him a courtesy visit, said the former Anambra governor has a great personality, describing him as a man that can’t be wished away by anyone.
“Recently, I received my brother HE Peter Obi in Abia State. From all indications, Peter Obi, is an emerging force who connects seamlessly with our youth and whose message resonates with many. He’s a man that can’t be wished away by anyone. Great personality,” Ikpeazu said.
This is coming on the heels of the recent statement by the former Senate Minority Leader representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who said that irrespective of one’s political affiliation, it will be difficult to campaign against Obi.
Abaribe who defected to the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and spoke at the inaugural Ikengaonline town-hall virtual meeting, said Obi’s phenomenon had brought huge revolution in the country’s electoral system and that a lot of youths and Nigerians from across the different geo-political zones who had lost interest in the political system had suddenly developed interest in the 2023 elections.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Obi has galvanised interests of people not just in Igbo land but across other ge-opolitical zones. He has revolutionarised the system. Though I’m in a different party, the truth is that it will be difficult for me to say: Don’t vote for Obi. In fact, some parties have already adopted him. They tell people: For President, vote for Obi, and then for other positions vote our party,” Abaribe said.
However, Abaribe and Ikpeazu’s statement differs from that of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who recently said in a TV interview that it will take a miracle for Obi to win the presidential election in 2023.