During the election campaigns, the trustworthiness of the 2023 Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has been publicly dubious by Josef Onoh, the ex South East spokesperson for President Bola Tinubu.
Onoh blames Obi for his disloyalty to his political mentor, the late founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, referring to him as his brother-in-law.
Onoh, who was once an assistant to President Tinubu, portrays the former governor of Anambra State as an opportunist who prioritizes his personal interests over public matters.
In retaliation to Obi’s media meeting where he directed President Tinubu to be transparent about his qualifications and origin, Onoh fired these accusations.
The previous campaign speaker mentioned that Obi was merely hunting for political relevance as his prominence wanes, pointing out that President Tinubu doesn’t need further recognition among Nigerians.
Onoh claims that the LP candidate abandoned APGA for his own gains, breaking his promise to Ojukwu to stay loyal to the party.
In addition, Onoh accuses Obi of attempting to demean the position of President.
“You pledged the oath of office as Governor of Anambra State mentioning multiple times ‘Federal Republic of Nigeria’, ‘President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’ and ‘Federal Government of Nigeria’ while the mention of ‘Anambra State’ was scant,” Onoh reminded Obi.
The former aide quoted Obi’s inaugural speeches from March 2006, February 2007, and June 2007, emphasizing that every Governor’s intention is not supposed to jeopardize the President’s lawful authority or disrupt the continuity of the Federal Government as stated in the 1999 Constitution’s Seventh Schedule (as amended).
“Considering you have held the governor position, there’s no question you have sworn more oaths of office than any other governor in Nigerian history, attesting your understanding of Nigerian law. Nonetheless, it seems this has influenced your political flip-flop nature,”Onoh criticized.
Onoh restored Obi’s familiarity with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed. A. Tinubu. He explained that just like Obi, Tinubu has pledged the same oath of the Governor’s office but has done so twice, keeping unwavering allegiance to his party.
Describing Tinubu’s electoral victory and subsequent political career, Onoh emphasized his consistency and commitment to his party and drew attention to Obi’s political disloyalty, notably his betrayal of his political guide, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
Onoh lamented how Obi reneged on his promise to remain with APGA after Ojukwu’s death and shifted allegiance.
Onoh concluded by comparing Obi to the incumbent Nigerian president, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed. A. Tinubu, asserting that Tinubu doesn’t require any introduction while Obi stands as the 16th defeated presidential candidate. “The evidence is surely clear, do check it out.”