Exclusive: Peter Obi Set to Dump APGA, to be named SGF by President Jonathan

Former Governor Obi and President Goodluck Jonathan during the flagging off of  constructions works at the 2nd Niger Bridge in Onitsha

Former Governor Obi and President Goodluck Jonathan during the flagging off of constructions works at the 2nd Niger Bridge in Onitsha

Baring any last minute change of mind, former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Peter Obi will on Wednesday the 20th of August, 2014 announce his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Peter Obi’s defection is coming days after lawmakers elected on the platform of APGA at the House of Representatives defected to the same PDP. Our source in Awka hinted that President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to  announce the former governor as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), a position currently occupied by former President of the Nigerian Senate, Chief Pius Anyim. Peter Obi’s announcement as SGF is believed to have been stalled by opposition from PDP members who insisted that the position must go to a “bonafide” member of the party.

In a related development, the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh while addressing newsmen in Aguleri over the weekend accused the former governor Peter Obi of masterminding the defection of the APGA lawmakers to PDP, an allegation Chief Peter Obi  denied.

Former Governor Peter Obi with Chief Arthur Ezeh and Chief Ben Obi at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka during the launch of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN)

Former Governor Peter Obi with Chief Arthur Ezeh and Chief Ben Obi at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka during the launch of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN)

The former governor’s relationship with Governor Obiano is also believed to have deteriorated in recent weeks. Recall that Peter Obi alongside others in Awka recently launched a a pro-Jonathan group; Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), with Governor Willie Obiano conspicuously absent. The governor was however represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Oseloka Obaze.

Join Jonathan Journey(JJJ), a pro-Jonathan group formed by loyalists of Governor Obiano and Chief Victor Umeh

Join Jonathan Journey(JJJ), a pro-Jonathan group formed by loyalists of Governor Obiano and Chief Victor Umeh

Days later, a group loyal to Victor Umeh and Governor Obiano formed another pro-Jonathan group called “Jonathan APGA-APGA Jonathan or Join Jonathan Journey” (JJJ). The SA to governor Obiano on Political matters, Chief Onyeka Mbaso is the Director of Media and Publicity of the JJJ group. Mbaso was nominated to be appointed in his present job by Chief Victor Umeh. Chief Mbaso in recent updates on APGA UK Facebook wall which he personally run warned that the Join Jonathan Journey is the authentic campaign group for president Jonathan recognized by Anambra State government under governor Obiano. See his Facebook update below:

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Join Jonathan Journey (J.J.J) Campaign Office in Awka. Willie is working

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is to inform all Nigerians that APGA wants to set the pace for other Nigerian political parties to follow in supporting our great President Goodluck Jonathan re-election. This official email of JOIN JONATHAN JOURNEY will continue to update Nigerians on the support OUR MOST CELEBRATED GOV WILLIE OBIANO is given towards this campaign.

APGA government led by the Executive Governor Chief DR Willie M. OBIANO is the only authentic structure that will deliver President Jonathan in Anambra State and South East. Please I urge everyone to join hands and support this great structure of JONATHAN APGA -APGA JONATHAN.

The Chairman of JOIN JONATHAN JOURNEY CAMPAIGN, Hon Ben Obi has confirmed that no stone will be left unturned in this journey to supporting the President in 2015. APGA wants to make it clear that it’s only the president that we are going to support in the next election, that APGA will vote for her candidates in all other elective positions.

Please will with all humility I humbly plead to everyone to support President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

Owelle Onyeka Mbaso
Director of Media and Mobilization
Jonathan APGA – APGA Jonathan
Join Jonathan Journey
Willie is Working

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