OBIdients movement opposers should undergo DNA exam - Ex-PSC boss

OBIdients movement opposers should undergo DNA exam – Ex-PSC boss

…insists the Igbo and Nigerians generally had a better option in Obi.

Former Chairman of Police Service Commission (PSC), Chief Simon Okeke on Tuesday said that any Igboman opposed to the presidential candidacy of Mr Peter Obi should undergo a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) examination to ascertain the person’s Igboness.

Chief Okeke said that even though the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) disappointed the expectations of the Igbo as it declined to give Mr Obi ticket which forced him to decamp to the Labour Party (LP), that the Igbo and Nigerians generally had a better option in Obi.

He noted that the agreement to zone the Presidency to the South and micro-zoned to the South East should remain sacrosanct for the interest of equity, justice and fairness. 

This, he maintained, was the reason the candidacy of Mr Obi should be given unflinching support by all irrespective of ethnic, religious or political leaning.

Expressing disappointment over reluctance of Ohaneze Ndigbo in making an official declaration in support of Obi, Okeke said he never believed that the apex socio-cultural group would not give Obi all the needed support to scale through in his bid to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It’s true that Ohaneze has not spoken, but their body language is in full support of the LP presidential candidate.

“I must also tell you that the support for Obi-Datti coming from the North is genuine because Nigerians are tired of a government that cannot protect their lives and property. 

“There are frustrations everywhere. So, nobody should doubt the support for Obi-Datti coming from any part of the country. Every Nigerian craves for change for better.

“It’s, however, true that not all shouting Obi for President are truly “Obi-dients”. But such pretenders are in handful, they can be measured. Majority of Nigerians need Peter Obi with the high expectations that he will salvage this country, ” he said.

Asked whether the nation’s electoral umpire would not disappoint Nigerians to dash the hope of the kind of President Nigerians desire, Chief Okeke said he could not speak for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as he is not part of the institution.

“But I can say that the INEC Chairman is generally disposed to carry out free and fair election.

“To a large extent, even the President at one time said that he would leave a legacy of a credible election. So, I don’t have much doubt that there will be free and fair election. We expect a credible election in 2023.

The former PSC boss praised the Court of Appeal Judges in Abuja for discharging and acquitting leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

He described the judgement as historic and landmark, just as he advised Federal Government to withdraw its appeal to the Supreme Court against the judgement of Court of Appeal.

said such move would douse prevailing tension in tlSoutheast.

He said, “Federal Government should withdraw its appeal to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal judgment which discharged and acquitted Nnamdi Kanu.

“He should be released forthwith according to the judgment of the Court of Appeal.”

Okeke further berated Southeast Governors for not being pro-active in their handling security matters in their various States.

“The governors are fragmented, no synergy, no seriousness and it appears they are confused.

“They are just there collecting their monthly security votes. We are disappointed. They should come together, synergize and form a strong force to tackle insecurity in the zone.”

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