Peter Obi, the ex-governor of Anambra State, claimed that recent happenings within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prompted his resignation from the opposition party and withdrawal from its May 31 presidential primary. Peter Obi was one of the fifteen PDP presidential candidates vetted by the Presidential Screening Committee led by Senator David Mark last month.
However, in a message written to the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, the ex-governor indicated that current events prevent him from making “productive contributions.”
The letter was titled “Resignation from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Withdrawal from the Presidential Election.”
Peter Obi stated; “I am writing to inform you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party, which has been communicated to the Chairman of Agulu Ward 2 in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State on Friday, May 20, 2022.” In light of this, I am writing to you to tell you of my resignation from the PDP presidential primaries. ”
“Contributing to nation-building efforts through our party has been a tremendous honour. Unfortunately, recent changes inside our party make it almost hard to continue participating and contributing so constructively. Our national difficulties are substantial and necessitate that we make significant sacrifices to save our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria is unwavering, notwithstanding the change in strategy. I would want to personally thank you for your graciousness and leadership. I wish you success and good fortune in your service to the nation,” he stated.
Last month, many organizations purchased the N40 million PDP presidential nomination form for Peter Obi. Former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, former Senate Presidents Bukola Saraki and Anyim Pius Anyim, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, and Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, businessman Mohammed Hayatu-Deen and former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose.
Lately, the party has opened up its presidential nomination, drawing criticism from socio-cultural organisations such as Ohanaeze Ndigbo, which argued that political parties such as the PDP and the All Progressives Congress should limit their nominations to the South-East geopolitical zone.