The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, met his Labour Party (LP) counterpart in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, on Saturday, May 6.
The duo met for the first time since the keenly contested poll concluded.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, was Atiku’s running mate in the 2019 presidential election.
His decision to dump the PDP for the Labour Party to contest the election had irked many members of the main opposition party.
Atiku had also stated after the election that he would have chosen Obi again as his running mate in the last election if the former Anambra governor had stayed back in the PDP.
Many say Obi’s decision to contest the 2023 presidential poll affected Atiku’s chances to win.
Supporters of the former vice president agree, with some saying Atiku should avoid Obi at all costs.
Sodiq Tade wrote on Twitter:
‘’Peter Obi has been trying to get close to Atiku after the last election. He has greeted Atiku at the event, OG still had to go and meet Atiku inside car again. Atiku should be wary of such character around him.’’
Abraham Iduoriyekemwen wrote:
”Atiku should be careful of those that pretend to be friends after election.”
But, Obi’s supporters reacted, saying the LP presidential candidate owes Atiku nothing.
Richard Agha wrote:
”Obi can never satisfy you guys. If Obi didn’t go to greet Atiku, you guys would still complain that Obi is rude. Obi have always said it that Atiku remains his respected elder brother and master, so anywhere he sees Atiku, he must pay respect to Atiku. Politics no be war.”
Chijioke Nzewi wrote:
”Atiku is the one who is the enemy. He cannot be trusted. Peter Obi should stay away from him. Atiku had no business running in this election. It was the turn of the south. The Ibos are not on earth to be tools of Atiku’s political greed.”
Mr. Brown Irigwe wrote:
”Atiku betrayed PDP. If only he had thrown his weight behind Obi, PDP will have been preparing for the inauguration.”