An ex-presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Skc Ogbonnia has said Peter Obi is not the best person the Igbo can offer as a Vice-Presidential candidate.
Obi was picked by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as his running mate for the 2019 elections under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
But Ogbonnia has said Igbos have a better alternative, nothing that Obi could not attract foreign investors to Anambra state in his stint as governor.
In a statement sent to Concise News, Ogbonnia said to “Sum it this way: Peter Obi is certainly not the best the Igbo and Nigeria can offer, but he is he is perfect for Atiku Abubakar as an individual.
“The reason is plain: The heaviest baggage of the former Vice President is the prevailing perception that the man is virally corrupt.
“Atiku, remember, is a high priest in the billionaire club of ex-civil servants, most of who met their wealth through illegitimate means.
“Thus, it would have been very impolitic for him to field Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the preferred VP choice of the South-East PDP leaders.”
He added that “leadership is all about influence. If Peter Obi could not influence Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, a very pliable and weak president, to attract projects to Anambra State; what are the chances then that he (Obi) can even gain the attention of a strong character like Atiku Abubakar who, as a Vice-President, was arguably more powerful and shrewd than his boss, a brutal four-star general?
According to him, “the ideal VP of Igbo extraction is a transformational leader with the ability to maximize available resources to not only perform assigned tasks but one who can also influence others to attain the desired goals.
“For an Atiku presidency, however, Nigeria needs a strong vice-president that can steadily motivate and influence him towards national goals and objectives. Peter Obi is none of the above.”