Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State says if he were Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) he would give Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party campaign money because Obi is paving the way for a Tinubu victory.
Soludo claims that according to poll results that he has seen, Peter Obi is shaving off Peoples Democratic Party votes to the benefit of Tinubu and the APC.
In the Op-Ed titled, History beckons and I will not be silent (Part 1), Soludo mocked Peter Obi, noting that, Labour Party could not find candidates to contest for House of Reps or Senate in Lagos state, the supposed headquarters of urban youths.
Soludo, a former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, raised some pertinent questions about Peter Obi’s chances at the polls in 2023, adding that, “the emotions might run to heavens but politics-power is about cold calculations, organization and building alliances for power.”
Speaking to Peter Obi’s chances in the Op-Ed, Soludo said, “Of course, Peter Obi will get some votes, and may probably win in Anambra state— as “home boy”. But Anambra is not Nigeria. If he likes, I can even campaign for him but that won’t change much.
“From internal state by state polling available to me, he was on course to get 25% in 5 states as at August this year. The latest polling shows that it is down to four states, and declining.
“Not even in Lagos state (supposed headquarters of urban youths) where Labour Party could not find candidates to contest for House of Reps or Senate. The polls also show that he is taking votes away mostly from PDP.
“Indeed, if I were Asiwaju Tinubu, I would even give Peter Obi money as someone heading one of the departments of his campaign because Obi is making Tinubu’s pathway to victory much easier by indirectly pulling down PDP. It is what it is,” he said.
Soludo also noted that in the South East were the voters are least, four presidential candidates will battle for votes.
“The current fleeting frenzy, if not checked, will cost Ndigbo dearly for years. The South East has the lowest number of votes of any region, but it is also the only region where the presidential race might be a four-way race (it is a two-way race in the other five regions) thereby ensuring that our votes won’t count in the making of the next president of Nigeria. Afterwards, we would start complaining that we don’t get “what we deserve” or cry of marginalization.