Former presidential aid, Reno Omokri in a recent post on his social media account explained how Peter Obi of Labour Party paved the way for Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become Nigeria’s President.
Accirdong to Reno, Tinubu would have lost the February 25 presidential election to Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party if Obi had not joined Labour Party to also contest in the race.
He pointed to the fact that since 1999 PDP is yet to lose in the South-East but because of Obi, they could not retain the record.
According to him, Obi divided the votes of both South-South and Southeast and that worked in favour of the All Progressive Congress.
Reno Omokri’s post read: “In 1978, there were frantic meetings between Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria and Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Nigerian Peoples Party. Chief Awolowo explained to the NPP that if both he and Owelle Azikiwe contested, they would split the Southern vote and hand victory over to Malam Shehu Shagari. He thereafter argued that of the two of them, he stood a greater chance of winning the election since he would get the Western Nigeria vote, as well as the Midwest vote and some of the minority Eastern Nigeria votes.
Chief Awolowo further explained to the NPP apparatchiks that because Shagari’s National Party of Nigeria had chosen an Igbo man, Chief Alex Ekwueme, they would split the Igbo vote and win, unless Azikiwe united with Awolowo, especially as there was a Naka Sai Naka (my brother is my brother) revolution in Northern Nigeria.
Of course, Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe’s NPP did not listen, and he contested the August 11, 1979 election, having been assured by prominent Northerners that he would get massive votes in the North.
The election came, and Malam Shehu Shagari scored 5,688,857 votes, while Chief Awolowo got 4,916,551 votes, leaving Owelle Azikiwe with a paltry 2,822,523.
The primary reason for Shagari’s victory were the Southern votes he picked up from the Igbo states of Anambra and Imo and from the then Rivers state, where Shagari polled 72.65% of the votes.
As predicted by Chief Awolowo, Chief Azikiwe had no path to victory and only served to divide the Southern votes.
Now, fast forward to 2022. Peter Obi called me to ask for my support, and I explained my position to him. I then followed it up with an article in my ThisDay column explaining that Peter Obi had no path to victory whatsoever. It was never going to happen.
I explained that the only purpose Peter Obi would serve would be to divide the votes the Peoples Democratic Party would have got. And by so doing, he handed over a victory that the All Progressives Congress would not have had but for him.
It was apparent to most discerning pundits that both the men luring him away from the PDP, as well as the money they were funnelling to him, came from the APC.
He did not listen. He contested the February 25, 2023 election. Bola Tinubu was declared the winner with 8,794,726 votes. Waziri Atiku Abubakar came second with 6,984,520 votes. Peter Obi came third with 6,101,533 votes.
If Obi had not contested, Waziri Atiku would undoubtedly have won that election hands down, even with rigging, because, and please fact-check me, the Peoples Democratic Party has won in every state of the Southeast in every election since 1999.
If Peter Obi had not contested in 2023, the PDP would still have won in the Southeastern states during the #NigerianElections2023 and Waziri Atiku would have amassed at least above the 11,262,978 votes he scored in 2019.
Bola Tinubu did not defeat Waziri Atiku Abubakar. A combined forces of INEC and Peter Obi defeated Waziri Atiku.
Some people must recognise their weakness, in that they are too emotional as a bloc, and when they get into that mode, it deceives them to believe they are wiser than others, when in fact, their inability to suppress their emotions and subjugate it to their rational mind, and their reptilian brain (we all have a reptilian brain capable of cold Machiavellian thinking) makes them less astute than their neighbours in everything but commerce.
History does not repeat itself. Men repeat history and blame history for repeating itself. And it is certain that if we do not learn anything from the history of the 2023 election, we will repeat it. “
Since the former Anambra Governor left PDP for Labour Party, Omokri has been working against Obi who was once his party member.
And despite the PDP failure to win at the tribunal Omokri has shown support for the Tinubu-led administration, and repeated stated that he does not play politics of bitterness or tribe.