2023: Forum Renounces Peter Obi for Bala Mohammed, Mobilises Delegates Nationwide

2023: Forum Renounces Peter Obi for Bala Mohammed, Mobilises Delegates Nationwide

  • A group within the PDP has declared support for Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state ahead of the 2023 presidential election
  • Leaders of the group have stated that they decided to support the Bauchi governor after Peter Obi dumped the PDP
  • The support group said it has no choice since Obi has left the main opposition party for the Labour Party

FCT, Abuja - A pro-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) group, Democratic Forum for Justice and Equity (DFJE) said it has shifted loyalty to the governor of Bauchi state and a leading presidential aspirant of the party, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, to emerge as PDP's flagbearer.

The group which boasted of about three million members nationwide said it regretted supporting the former governor of Anambra state in the first place.

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Bala Mohammed has gotten the support of one of the major groups in the PDP. Photo credit: @SenBalaMohammed
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Peter Obi withdrew his presidential aspiration on the platform of PDP and left the party earlier this week.

In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, May 27 by its national coordinator, Malam Isah Ajilete, the group said it was on the bases of equity and fairness for the southeast that it initially declared support for Obi.

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Part of the statement read:

''We have withdrawn our support for Peter Obi, having realised that he is an unstable politician who has taken his desperation to a selfish level.
''We made bold to say that we regretted ever supporting Peter Obi in the first place and we have since shifted our loyalty to a stable politician in the person of Alhaji Bala Mohammed.
"It is a known fact that Bala Mohammed is the most loyal presidential aspirant among all those seeking the ticket of the party. Bala Mohammed's region of the northeast has also never tasted the seat of the president like the southeast, hence our support for the Bauchi state governor."

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The forum said Governor Mohammed's record of achievements as a senator, minister, and current governor, coupled with the fact that his geopolitical zone has never tasted the exalted seat of president was centre of attraction to the PDP presidential aspirant among others.

The group added:

"Therefore, we have directed all our zonal chapters and state coordinators to reach out and mobilise all the identified real delegates to cast their ballots for Governor Bala Mohammed."

The forum also appealed to the National Working Committee of the PDP and other stakeholders to consider the Bauchi governor.

The group equally pointed out Governor Mohammed's achievement in Bauchi in the last three and half years, noting that he has transformed the state into a modern city.

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On his part, Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor has said Obi didn't stand a chance of winning the PDP presidential primary if he had remained in the party.

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Speaking on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, Wike said Obi's decision to leave the party did not come as a surprise to him.

He also said the former governor of Anambra state has never won any election since he joined the PDP.

2023: Don’t ignore northern elders’ advice on Bala Mohammed, Group tells PDP

Recall that the South-South Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) recently asked the national leadership of the PDP not to ignore the consensus arrangement reached by northern elders which produced Governor Mohammed as their preferred presidential candidate.

The forum declared that northern leaders, like every other patriotic Nigerian, will prefer Mohammed as a PDP flagbearer in the 2023 general elections for so many reasons including competence, pedigree, record of performance, character, age, and national acceptability.

In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, May 25 by the national coordinator of the forum, Barrister Preye Johnson, the group said only Governor Mohammed can convincingly win a presidential election for the PDP based on facts on the grounds.

Source: Legit.ng

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