The Coalition for Peter Obi (COP), has alleged that some elements in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were dolling out money in local and hard currencies ahead of the party’s presidential primaries this week.
The Coalition said the development was at variance with the belief of Mr Obi, while they advised him to consider plan ‘B’ by moving into another party platform to realize his presidential ambition in 2023.
A statement signed by the Coalition’s Spokesman, Zubairu Mohammad and 17 other leaders of groups operating under this aegis, expressed disappointment that some aspirants who do not have any means of livelihood before joining political parties are today stupendously wealthy.
They pleaded with Obi not to join the usual cash and carry politics.
The support groups warned Peter Obi that he should not be part of what Nigerians want him to change.
The statement which was sent to Newspot on Tuesday in Abuja said: “Politicians inside the PDP who had no previous verifiable source of livelihood before joining politics are doling out hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the delegates that will vote at the forthcoming PDP presidential primary.”
They, therefore, advised Peter Obi to move to another political party to be at peace with his conscience and not to entangle himself in possible political negotiations or manoeuvring that will stain him and hamper his ability to serve Nigerians.
The Coalition boasted that it has over 10 million active voters, while they berated the PDP for playing double standards and violating its own constitutional provision on zoning political offices, thereby toying with the future of our children.
The statement reads, “recent developments within the leadership of PDP are very pathetic as many chieftains of the party have ganged up to frustrate the presidential ambition of genuine and decent presidential aspirants, thereby encouraging unscrupulous politicians with no verifiable sources of income to throw monies around”
“They are well-known individuals in the party who are doing everything possible within their powers to block any chance for credible aspirants to emerge. The party seems to have adopted an unwritten rule of tacitly encouraging the looting of state resources for party politics.”
2023: PDP politicians without source of income doling out dollars, buying candidates – Coalition alleges