Diaspora Group Tackles Arthur Eze Over Call In Peter Obi To Shelve Presidential Bid
The Diasporans for Good Governance (DGG), a political pressure group has disagreed with Prince Arthur Eze, Anambra born billionaire oil magnate over his call on Peter Obi the Presidential Candidate of the Labor Party to drop his ambition.
Arthur Eze, while speaking at an Ofala ceremony in Ukpo, his country home, had said that he was not supporting Obi because Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra was the expected Nigerian president of Igbo extraction, not Obi.
But the diasporans in their Statement made available to journalists in Awka on Friday said the billionaire businessman had no moral grounds or political clout to ask Obi to withdraw from the race.
The Statement was signed by the conveners including, Mr Johnny Obika, Dr Ben Opara, Mr. Franklin Nwakor, Mr Mike Okaka and Mr. Camillus Konkwo
It said Obi’s candidacy represented the new order of competence, capacity, integrity, and political decency.
It said though Eze is entitled to his choice of candidate as a lawful electorate, he lacked moral grounds to ask Obi to withdraw from the race.
“When Peter Obi started talking about turning Nigeria from consumption to production, we knew that those who profit from Nigeria’s dysfunctional rentier system will fight hard to retain the status quo.
“But the masses have resolved to take their destiny into their hands and that is why the masses are flocking to Peter Obi who represents the new order and the light that will guide them out of darkness.
“Arthur Eze’s opposition to Peter Obi only shows that he is a part of the political cabal that has brought unprecedented insecurity, economic hardship, oil theft, corruption, unemployment, and debt crises.
His latest attack on Obi is only an attempt to sustain the stranglehold on Nigeria which they have turned into the poverty capital of the world,” it stated.
The group said the days when a few privileged individuals decided for the people were over because the ordinary Nigerian had been pushed to the wall for far too long.
The group called on the electorate to look beyond party leaning or any other sentiment and vote Labour Party’s Peter Obi for a new prosperous, united and secure country.
“We join the entire Nigerian citizenry in Nigeria and the diaspora to say no to political merchants of neo-imperialism, dehumanization and mass impoverishment,” it stated.