Peter Obi: Soludo’s Words Have Come to Pass, Says Umahi

Peter Obi: Soludo’s Words Have Come to Pass, Says Umahi

  • The 2023 presidential election continues to generate reactions across Nigeria and beyond days after the exercise
  • Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, says Igbos need to negotiate for power before it can move to the southeast
  • He, however, commended Peter Obi for throwing his hat into the ring but noted that more needs to be done

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Abakaliki - David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, says the words of his Anambra counterpart, Chukwuma Soludo, concerning Peter Obi’s presidential election have come to pass.

Soludo had, in an open letter, predicted that Obi would lose the 2023 presidential election.

Governor Umahi says the southeast must negotiate for power. Photo credit: Ebonyi state government
Source: Facebook

Speaking on Monday, March 6, at the Ebonyi International Airport, Umahi said that even as the Labour Party candidate did well in the polls, the southeast needs to work with other geopolitical zones to win the country's number one job.

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The Cable quoted him as saying:

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“Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra harped on this fact and was crucified, but his words have come to pass. The wise thing for the Igbos is to tell themselves the truth that we alone cannot make ourselves president.
“We have to work with other tribes as the southwest did with the north and have succeeded. We must stop being parochial and clannish… as who could have believed that Obi was talking with me until the last minute. He was also talking with other governors, even those from the north.”

Soludo not after Peter Obi - Aide clarifies

Meanwhile, Chris Aburime, a spokesman to Soludo, says the governor is not after Obi.

Vanguard reports that Aburime spoke on Monday, March 6, in Awka while reacting to a viral message on social media that alleged that Soludo had been contracted to eliminate Obi for a fee.

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He said that Soludo was the father of Anambra by his position and would not plot or conspire to harm any lawful citizen of the state, including Obi.

10th National Assembly: Umahi reportedly eyes Senate presidency had earlier reported that Umahi is one of the first-timers in the Senate angling to lead his colleagues.

The Ebonyi state governor is said to have commenced lobbying for the position.

He will battle it with established senators like Orji Uzor-Kalu, Godswill Akpabio, and Ali Ndume.

Senate presidency: APC powerbrokers reportedly favour Uzor-Kalu

Meanwhile, there are indications that Senator Uzor-Kalu will likely get the powerbrokers’ support in the APC.

The former governor of Abia state is said to have the backing of significant stakeholders due to his current position in the Senate as the chief whip.

He will, however, face stiff opposition from some APC senators who are also eyeing the plum position.


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