Emecheta stated this while fielding questions from Saturday Vanguard on the unhealthy relationship between the former governor and Governor Willie Obiano.
“There has been media war between Governor Obiano and his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi over the N75 billion allegedly left for Obiano on March 17, 2014.
“I see it beyond the political angle. As a PR person, I see the whole thing as propaganda for Peter Obi. As a politician, I see political ambition of Mr. Peter Obi as what is propelling what is happening today. Obi is a politician and a business man who has so much money in his pocket. When you have so much money, the next thing you want is power.
“Obi joined PDP not because he loved Jonathan so much. He joined PDP so that Jonathan could make him vice president when an anointed PDP president comes from the North after Jonathan’s second tenure. Unfortunately, Jonathan lost his presidential bid in 2015, but that ambition of Obi is still there. To achieve that ambition, Obi needs to present himself as a saint so that he can easily be seen as the most credible Igbo man. He planned his journey so well. He positions himself to be the person to be presented when it is our turn. He stated that if Obiano was not good, Peter Obi would not have picked him, adding that there must be something good the former governor saw in him.
He continued: “Peter Obi was preaching to us during the APGA primaries that brought Obiano to power how good Obiano is. So what has gone wrong? Could it be that Obiano refused to play ball? Nobody is a saint and we can dig deep how some people made their money. They are attacking the governor now because he wants to borrow money for the developments of the state.
People should check what Obiano has done with the money left behind by Obi and if this is done, they will discover that he is doing very well. They should leave the man to do his work.
“This governor uses every available opportunity to praise Obi who he describes as a great leader. He gives Obi the desired respect. Why should he run his successor down? Since he left office, he has been hammering on the so called N75 billion. If the state does well in any sector, they shout in the social media that it is Obi’s legacy. He is holding this governor hostage by the number of contracts he award before leaving office. If the present governor does not continue to execute those contracts, people will say he has abandoned ongoing projects he inherited. So he will spend all his tenure to execute contracts awarded by his predecessor,” he stated.