Anambra State Governor, Soludo’s verdict on Peter Obi’s Presidential ambition is no indication at all that he hates Ndigbo.
In the history of Nigerian politics, the South East and Ndigbo in general are disposed to support any political party of their choice.
Ndigbo has never since independence been antagonized to their kits and kin who belong to other parties.
Even among the South West, South South and the entire Northern Nigeria, politicians choose to belong to parties of their choice and there has never been any reason whatsoever to antagonize one another.
There is no way the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Presidential Candidate, Justice Umeadi would step down for Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
Reasons are that APGA is the 3rd largest political party in Nigeria and Labour Party is a party that has played substitute roles for aspirants who failed to secure nominations in the frontline parties.
It is on record that Soludo had severely urged Peter Obi to return back to the party that made him which is APGA but he turned down the offer.
Soludo’s appeal to Peter Obi to return back to APGA was not based on the belief that he would win the 2023 general election but for the South East to create a strong political base, to bargain at the centre and negotiate its share in the table of tribes and geopolitical zones in the country.
Ndigbo as a people should use APGA as a platform to build the strong force that would take them to the presidency just like Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu used the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to carry the South West into the presidency.
Going by what Ndigbo has as a structure without prejudice to Ohaneze Ndigbo, we are not ripe yet for the presidency of Nigeria.
In the history of politics in Nigeria, the number of votes so far pulled by the South East has never been enough for any presidential candidate to win or lose at the election.
Against this backdrop, it becomes difficult if not a near impossibility for the South East to deliver Peter Obi.
Let us not lose sight of the fact that the South West has homogeneity that cannot be compared with what we have in the South East, North East and North Central.
Even when we look at the issue of age, the American Electorates knew that Joe Biden was 79 years old and Donald Trump 76 years yet, both of them emerged as Presidential Candidates.