Former Governor of Enugu State, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, has asked the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, to withdraw his petition against the President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and join him in the task of making a new nation.
Senator Nnamani urged Obi and his supporters to align with the ebullience and conviviality of welcoming Tinubu’s victory to the Office of the President of the greatest black nation on earth.
Obi had filed his petition to challenge the victory of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress in the 25 February election.
Obi, who came third in the election, filed his petition to challenge the outcome of the poll at the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja where he alleged that the election was characterised by various irregularities including the non-qualification of the Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima to contest the election.
Obi also stated that Tinubu failed to win the majority of the lawful votes cast in the election, and just as he could not secure one-quarter of the legal votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Nnamani, however, in a statement on Sunday said Obi knows he has neither the spread nor national appeal to win the Presidential election pointing out that what Obi is doing with the petition is “bad belle, petulance and demarketing.”
Nnamani said, “His Petition is dead on arrival. He does not have the spread or national appeal. His appeal to non-electoral matters is to demarket the President-elect and besmirch his reputation.
“His petition is ego-driven, a joke carried too far . His attempt to highlight non-electoral issues is trying to embarrass the President-elect”.
Nnamani counselled, “Obi needs to come down from his high horse to allow sedate minds to negotiate on behalf of the Igbo and South East for a safe landing to include our stake in the national Palavar and Share of the accruals of the commonwealth.”
According to Nnamani, “We must join the mainstream and participate in making a new Nigeria. We are not going anywhere. We de kampe and ready to bargain for our own share. It is common knowledge that others are doing the same.
“Igbo has to confront reality now or be consigned to the backwoods of history. Time to align is now.”