Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, many have stated that the reason why the people of the South East are supporting Peter Obi, is simply because he’s Igbo. But according to Peter Umeh, the Igbo people don’t play politics that way.
Speaking during an exclusive interview earlier today, he recalled how the people of the region, refused to support the presidential ambition of Ojukwu in 1999, because he didn’t have the qualities they were looking for.
He opined that the Igbos won’t just support you even if you’re their son, until you convince them that you’re equal to the task. And base on Peter Obi’s achievement, they see qualities in him which is the reason why they’re backing him.
He said: “For the first time, the Igbo that have always supported other people from other regions, like the Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba and every other tribe, are now having confidence in their own. The Igbo are the only unique people in Nigeria that will never support their son because he is their son. In 1999, when Ikemba Ojukwu contested the presidential election, he was not supported despite being a freedom fighter. It was so because they are looking for a genuine and credible representation, and those qualities are in Obi.”