South-East APC delegates shun Tinubu’s summons to Abuja, demand he come to Igboland
The delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) representing the South-East have turned down an invitation from APC chieftain and presidential hopeful Bola Tinubu.
The delegates noted that their region had been sidelined in Mr Tinubu’s nationwide tour and as such, ignored an invitation summoning them to Abuja on Saturday.
Another source added that Mr Tinubu remained determined to pull APC into primaries where he could deploy his vast resources to clinch the ruling party’s presidential ticket.
Both sources requested anonymity to avoid any backlash for disclosing internal party discussions.
In a bid to secure delegates ahead of the APC presidential primaries, Mr Tinubu has made multiple visits across the country, touching base with his supporters in Kano, Adamawa, Delta, Ondo, and Kwara.
The disdain from the South-East delegates came as delegates in Kaduna withdrew their support for Mr Tinubu to favour another presidential aspirant Rotimi Amaechi.
2023: Utomi Reveals Why He Stepped Down For Peter Obi
A professor of political economy, Pat Utomi, has given the reasons why he stepped down for former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, during the Labour Party (LP) presidential primary on Monday.
Recall, Prof Pat Utomi on Monday withdrew from the race to support the presidential ambition of former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi.
The former governor consequently emerged victorious in the race for the party’s presidential ticket.
Speaking about his reason for stepping down, Utomi in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday disclosed that his decision to give up his aspiration in favour of Mr Obi was based on “a variety of factors.”
He stated that he has been looking for an “alternative and creative” political platform that will challenge the dominance of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and opposition PDP to usher in an era of credible leadership in Nigeria.
He further added that he is in touch with other parties for a possible alliance to provide a better political alternative to Nigerians
“First of all, it is going to need a remarkable level of work involving everybody for us to get to where we are hoping we can get to next year. People need to come together and one of the things I teach is that in finding how to overcome certain things, be the first to show an example.
“I thought that if I show an example by saying, ‘look, hey, it is not about me’ that people will learn something from it. So, that disposes me, first and foremost, of wanting to show the possibility with a personal example,” he explained.