Ex-spokesman of President Bola Tinubu in the South East, Dr. Josef Onoh, has accused the 2023 Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Mr. Peter Obi of betraying his godfather, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, in his ‘inordinate’ quest for political positions.
Onoh spoke on the sidelines of Obi’s press conference in support of the opposition political parties allegation on President Tinubu’s certificate.
He accused Obi of oscillating among political parties, giving him out as unstable and fairweather politician, desperate for selfish ends while posturing to be a man of the people.
Bashing Obi further, Onoh said that the ghost of his treachery against Ojukwu has been hunting him, driving even the Labour Party as led by Lamidi Apapa to issue disclaimer on Obi and foreclose his future political career with the party.
Onoh said that the reason why Obi has been fighting like a Don Quixote was because of the eclipse of his political career having been shot out by all his former political parties such as the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the LP.
He recalled that Peter Obi served as Anambra Governor from March to November 2006, February to May 2007, and June 2007 to March 2014 in APGA; the Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP in 2019 and in May 2022 he became the LP Presidential candidate.
Reminding Obi of the sanctity of the Nigeria Presidency, Onoh pointed out in March 2006 he (Onoh) was a serving member of the Enugu Assembly representing Enugu north state constituency when he honoured his inauguration as Governor of Anambra state under the invitation of his late brother in- law, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
“I recall as your recited the oath of office of Governor of Anambra state, you mentioned multiple times ‘Federal Republic of Nigeria’, ‘President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’ and ‘Federal Government of Nigeria’, while he only directly mentioned ‘Anambra State’ once during his oath of office.”
Educating Obi further, Onoh told the LP candidate that the Governor’s oath of office as contained in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), as he Obi, quoted during his inauguration in March 2006, February 2007 and June 2007, is the same oath that says a Governor must exercise the authority vested in him so as not to impede or prejudice the authority lawfully vested in the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, so as not to endanger the continuance of the Federal Government in Nigeria.
“It goes on to state that a Governor must devote himself to the service and well-being of the people of Nigeria. So having served as a Governor you are fully aware of the constitution of Nigeria as you took more oath of office more than any other governor in the history of Nigeria, hence it has given you a Bureau de Change political shift mentality. As governor you swore allegiance to the President and service of the people.
“Your Excellency sir, please permit me to re-introduce you to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed. A. Tinubu. Like you, he is versatile with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as he took same oath of office of Governor like you did but unlike you he did twice, he remained consistent and committed to his party the Alliance for Democracy AD which he in 1999 was Lagos State Gubernatorial candidate which he won on 9 January 1999 and defeated the PDP candidate with overwhelming Popular votes of 841,732 against PDP’s 184,900.
“In September 2006 he was instrumental to the merger that gave birth to ACN which dissolved in 2013 and formed Merger of Faction of Alliance for Democracy, Justice Party
Advance Congress of Democrats and finally Merged into the All Progressives Congress the previous and current ruling party.
“Today, May I due to selective amnesia re-introduce Asiwaju Bola Ahmed. A. Tinubu to you, constitutionally he doesn’t need introduction to Nigerians except you alone. President Bola Ahmed. A. Tinubu is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he’s our president, he’s your president, he has remained committed and consistent, he is committed to our party the APC, he respects and has remained loyal to Abdulkareem Adebisi Bamidele Akande one of the founding fathers of our party the APC and national chairman of the then AD that Mr. President rode on to become Lagos State Governor.
“Unlike you that betrayed my brother- in law, your political godfather and leader of APGA, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, (May his soul rest in peace). I recall how he told the good people of Anambra state to vote massively for you the then APGA candidate in the February 2010 election and then incumbent Governor of the state, because by doing so, they would be making him (Ojukwu) happy. He termed it ” My last wish”. And they honoured him by voting for you out of respect for him.
“You, swore in the presence of some privileged individuals of which I’m fully informed by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu during his last days on earth that you will never leave APGA the party that made you everything you are, but immediately he passed away you didn’t waste time to jump ship and abandon same party you swore with the Holy Rosary you won’t abandon.
“Permit me to quote the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.’ In the same vein, he said elsewhere, ‘No law can be sacred to me but that of my own nature.’ Unfortunately you have no integrity, your nature is never to be trusted, appearing more righteous than the pope while sowing the seeds of discord in a pius manner.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed. A. Tinubu is the 16th and current president of Nigeria, ghe needs no introduction while you’re the 16th defeated presidential candidate for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The facts are there, Go and verify,” Onoh bashed Obi.