The group in a statement issued after the official announcement of Obi’s defection, urged him to form an alliance with credible Nigerians and run for President in 2023.
It added that Obi as a decent man would not play the type of transactional politics going on inside PDP and that is why he is wise to dump the party.
The statement signed by its Chairman, Marcel Ngogbehei, said: “We are delighted that the former governor of Anambra, Mr Peter Obi listened to the request of his 23 support groups to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the shenanigans going on inside the party ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
“With the recent development, it is obvious that PDP has automatically lost 15 million votes because of Peter Obi’s decision to dump the party.
“We therefore urge Mr Peter Obi to look for Nigerians of like minds and vie to be president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the forthcoming 2023 general elections .”
Voting began late at the APC governorship primaries in Lagos State amidst tight security, and watch of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that voting began at 2:00 p.m. after the completion of the accreditation of ad hoc delegates.
APC Primaries Voting begins
One of the contenders of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Abdul-Ahmed Mustapha, a former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Minerals Resources was barred from the venue.
The other contestant is Olawale Oluwo, a former Commissioner for Energy and Minerals Resources under immediate past administration of Governor Akinwumi Ambode.
Mustapha, resigned about 14 months ago and declared to vie against Sanwo-Olu picking up the N50 million governorship form of the party.
Reacting to the development, Yuguda, claimed that Mustapha was not cleared by the screening committee of the party because of certain issues concerning certificate.
According to him, “We have three aspirants, one was cleared, two others were not cleared when they showed up in Abuja.
“They were not cleared by the screening committee, and appeal committee.
“Apparently, only one was cleared, find out from the aspirants why they were not cleared.
“But if you ask me, if you were not cleared for an exercise, so what are you going to do there, what is your business there.”
However, the barred aspirant, Mustapha had claimed that he was in Abuja two weeks ago for the screening without the committee members informing him of the outcome.
He said the Secretary of the primary election committee, Bashir Mohammed, turned him back on Thursday, saying that he was not cleared and as such cannot be given accreditation access to the venue.
Mustapha when contacted, said, “Just spoke to the Sec of the committee. He was indirectly telling me that we are not cleared and as such cannot be given accreditation access to the venue
“We were told that we were not cleared by the leadership of the party and as such, they only gave accreditation tags to those that were cleared.
“We went to Abuja for clearance two weeks ago. The results of the clearance were not communicated to us.
“We went to the APC state secretariat at Acme Road yesterday (Wednesday), we tried to get our accreditation tags but we were not given. We were there till 7am this morning before going to the venue of the primary.”
Sanwo-Olu, the endorsed candidate by the National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, is seeking re-election.