A former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, has thrown his weight behind Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party.
On Monday, August 1, 2022, Ogbonnia stated that despite being a part of the ruling party; he will not support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s bid for the presidency.
Ogbonnia, who ran in the 2019 APC presidential primary elections, stated that while he will stay in the party, Obi will have his support. This is because he is the spearhead of Nigeria’s democratic revolution and the nation’s hope moving forward.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, Ogbonnia said that a great sense of patriotism influenced his decision.
“Though I remain a member of All Progressives Congress (APC); I must not support its presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The decision to endorse the candidate of an opposition party did not come easy. But there comes a time to say: enough is enough,” Ogbonnia stated.
Ogbonnia said that his first disdain for Tinubu was that neither fellow party members; nor ordinary Nigerians can claim to know who Ahmed Tinubu truly is.
“Everything about the man is shady – from his name, state of origin, the schools attended, certificates received; his record in America to his true source of income; let alone any true intention of seeking the presidency; apart from an arrogant claim that it is his turn to rule Nigeria.
“Besides the shady background, a series of events also show that Tinubu does not have any good sense of equity, justice, fairness, and patriotism – virtues he claims to promote.
”The truth is that Bola Ahmed Tinubu is even more insensitive about the Nigerian state and her problems than President Muhammadu Buhari. Further, it is a common knowledge that the APC National Leader no longer possesses the physical fitness to explore the Nigerian presidency; but it has equally become very apparent that he no longer has the mental capacity,” Ogbonnia alleged.
Ogbonnia continued by stating that no honest Nigerian would desire the continuation of the current national government led by APC. He also stated that Tinubu wholeheartedly supports this government. He claimed that the party had far younger and better candidates than Tinubu to run for president; but settled for the highest bidder.
“In Obi/Baba-Ahmed ticket, I see intellect, character, competence, and capacity; I see integrity and humility. I see patriotism; I see dynamism. I see enviable and verifiable track-record; I see attainable visions; I see hope for the Nigeria of our founding dreams; I see a democratic revolution whose time has come. This move is consistent with my politics.”
“I have a conscience. I have chosen my country over my party. I have become OBI-dient for the greater good of Nigeria!! I call on other true progressives to do so,” Ogbonnia charged.