The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili to focus on his candidate, Peter Obi, and leave its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, alone.
NewsOnline reports that PDP said the controversy generated by Ezekwesili’s statement that Atiku was not the head of the economic management team as vice president under Olusegun Obasanjo was laughable.
Atiku/Okowa campaign spokesman, Daniel Bwala, added that Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate seems to be the project Obasanjo wants to use and bring to light the failed third term agenda.
Bwala who said this on Arise TV morning show, on Wednesday, advised Ezekwesili to come out fully and endorse Peter Obi like her principal Obasanjo did than playing hide and seek game.
Oby Ezekwesili had on Tuesday, on her Twitter handle described as misleading the public Atiku’s statement at NESG forum that he was head of economic management team from 1999 to 2007 under Obasanjo. Atiku said his direction to the team was responsible for the economic boom of the administration.
Oby wrote, “Dear former Vice President Atiku, please ask the handlers of your Twitter account to stop misleading the public. You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team.
“This absurd Lie does you no good at all. Please ask your Team to stop it. Happy New Year. Wish you well.”
Reacting to Ezekwesili’s tweet, Bwala said, “First of all I respect Ezekwesili. She’s a very intellectual woman but everyone knows she supports Peter Obi.”
He added, “Peter Obi is supported by most of the people that worked in Obasanjo’s government because Peter Obi’s project is a third-term agenda for Obasanjo if you see the people endorsing him, including lawyers and elder statesmen.
“It is not surprising she could say that, but let us talk on the issue. Who is the Chairman of the Economic Council? The Vice President.
“The head and members of the economic team come with proposals. They come to discuss policy issues, and not a single one of them can bypass the Vice President and meet the President on the subject of the economy except if the President independently summons them.
“Let her just come out and say she’s supporting Peter Obi and campaign for him.
“What she’s saying has no place in fact, logic and reality. Atiku Abubakar was Chairman of the Economic Council and even scouted most of them. So let her just say ‘I’m supporting Obi’.
“All these people that worked with Obasanjo that are masquerading themselves as neutrals meanwhile they’re carrying out the same agenda of the third term that cannot stand.”