Former Minister of Education, Dr. Obi Ezekwesili, has said both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are fuelling the popularity of Peter Obi.
Obi is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
She said the decision of the APC to produce a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 election does not reflect the diversity of Nigeria.
She added that the PDP also committed contempt by disregarding the zoning principle in its constitution and electing a candidate from the North.
She spoke on Sunday night in an interview on Channels Sunday Politics, saying the “contempt” allegedly committed by the two dominant parties was fuelling the popularity of the Labour Party candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.
On the PDP, she said, “This is a party that has always said that it’s built around inclusion. So it’s always made it possible for the rotation principle to support the emergence of their candidate but suddenly a candidate emerges who has been contesting many other times.
“When you know that clearly the time of the people from the South East as you designed it to be is now and you just upstaged that and yet you have the arrogance to be saying to them that they have no reason to complain because this is the season of character, competence and capacity.
“That’s sophistry because if you are going to use character, competence and capacity, then many of them don’t qualify to be the one saying, ‘we should be the one running because within the South East, they could have found people with the character, competence and capacity and by the way Peter Obi who is now the candidate of Labour Party was in your party. So if you really needed character, competence and capacity in a way that is just, in a way that is equitable, in a way that is inclusive in your PDP, you could have made Peter Obi become your candidate.” she said.