Following the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State, reportedly branded Nnia Nwodo, president-general of the socio-cultural organisation, “idiotic”.
Ohanaeze had cited Atiku’s promise to restructure the country and choice of Peter Obi as running mate, as some of the reasons for endorsing him.
But shortly after the Atiku endorsement, the Anambra government issued a statement distancing itself from the action of the group.
Obiano, who has had a long-running grievance with Peter Obi, his predecessor, has all but confirmed that his preferred candidate for the 2019 presidential election is President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Punch quoted Nwodo as saying Obiano contacted him by phone to call him “idiotic” over the endorsement.
The president-general reportedly said Obiano was furious because he had vowed to deliver the votes in the state to Buhari.
“Your Excellency Gov Obiano, I was surprised to receive a call from you a few minutes ago in which you said the following words ‘Nnia, I didn’t know that you were so idiotic’,” Nwodo reportedly said.
“I am shocked that you can be so insolent. I am sure that I was neither so idiotic when I addressed your state assembly asking Ndi Anambra to disregard IPOB’s boycott of your election nor was I idiotic when I pleaded with the commander-in-chief to restore your security detail.
“History will judge who amongst us is idiotic. If standing with the popular wish of Ndigbo makes me idiotic, I am happy to be called an idiot.
“I will make this communication public so that Igbo will know who is idiotic amongst both of us.”
The newspaper also said Emeka Attamah, media aide of the governor, confirmed the phone call put through by his principal to Nwodo.
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