A serving Southeast governor has been cited among some prominent Nigerians who have reportedly launched a campaign to blackmail the immediate past governor of Anambra State and PDP Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2019 election, Mr. Peter Obi.
A statement issued by Obi’s media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem said the campaign was aimed towards pulling down what was described as the national profile Obi has attained.
No names were given of the prominent Nigerians allegedly involved.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that of the five serving Southeast governors, that Obi has had issues with his hand picked successor, Willie Obiano. Following their disagreements Obi defected to the PDP and in 2017 made a vigorous but failed campaign to replace Obiano with Oseloka Obaze.
However, it was not indicated if the governor referred to in the plot was Obiano or another of the governors in the region who may also feel threatened with Obi’s rising profile in the PDP and prospects as a presidential running mate in 2023.
“The present effort to blackmail Mr. Obi is by some prominent Nigerians, including a present Governor in the South-East. Our informant, whom we have no reason to doubt, revealed how five of them were invited to a meeting on how to nail Mr. Peter Obi so that, according to him, his ‘rising profile will be dimmed for good’,” Obienyem said in the statement.
He quoted the informant as saying: “Watch out; soon you will see a group call a world press conference, speak of the insecurity in the land, appeal to anybody with information on the causes to help the Government solve it and finally drop the bomb by linking Mr. Peter Obi to the sponsorship of the Biafran movement through offer of money to sustain the agitation and use of Biafran boys for selfish end, including winning of elections.”
“Though our informant refused to disclose the name of the Governor behind this and the main person he is using, he assured: “In the fullness of time, the plot will unfold and the characters will become apparent on its own.” He however added that some of them are not comfortable on the way the tide is moving and may finally opt out,” Obienyem further said.
He noted that “most of the previous efforts to blackmail Mr. Obi by some prominent people through hired hands backfired, because the truth eventually prevailed”, adding that “the present plot to make trouble for an innocent man will similarly come to nought as far as Almighty God remains on the throne.”