The Anambra State Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, has ruled out the possibility of the influence of the Obidient movement in the 2025 governorship poll in the State.
Speaking with THE RAZOR management team in his office in Awka, the Anambra State capital, Obi-Okoye said, “There will be no Obidient movement in the governorship election because that movement was tied around an emotion to become president of Nigeria; it has nothing to do with Peter Obi as a person.”
He added that the candidate being projected as the possible governorship standard-bearer of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2025 guber poll in the state had been synonymous with losing elections.
He said,” By Labour candidate you mean Valentine Ozigbo, is it not? Unfortunately, that name has become synonymous with losing elections. If he contests, he will be contesting against his homeboy from Aguata (Soludo).
“So, I can say the obedient man, APGA has beaten him twice. We beat him when he brought a man from Ogbaru, Oseloka Obaze, and we beat him again when he brought Val Ozigbo.
“What happened in the last Obidient Movement is a lesson to Igbo and should not repeat itself. It was like what happened in 1967, when we went into war with Nigeria without preparation. It is not likely to happen to Ndigbo again.
“There will be no Obidient movement in the Anambra governorship election because that movement was tied around an emotion to become president of Nigeria. It had nothing to do with Peter Obi as a person.
Adding, Obi-Okoye said,” At that point in time the Igbos felt it was their turn, rightly or wrongly. It has come and it has gone, and that factor can never come into play again in the next governorship election. Whether Governor Soludo will contest or not, we will not put him in the radar yet, until that time comes.
“We have also told him as a party to please concentrate on his good governance. His government is less than two years, and it is not a time to assess anybody, but we are sure from his programmes that when it is time for campaign, towards the end of next year, most of what he has started would crystallize.
“When we begin to see the network of roads that would move from Amansea, come through Okpuno, and a flyover, which would be coming before the election; When we see the dualisation from Amawbia down to Uga, with a flyover, turns to Isuofia towards Nnobi, the people would know who to vote. Like my governor always said, jus wait and see.
“See what is happening in Onitsha south and the number of roads coming up. We have sat down with him( Soludo) and asked him how he intends to achieve certain things and he has told us that by this time next years, nobody will have the confidence to come out and contest for the governorship against him.”