My Politiking Days Are Over---Okwute Ndi Igbo
Peter Obi, has debunked speculations in some quarters that he would vie for the senatorial seat of Anambra central district currently being occupied by Dr Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in next year's general elections.
Obi who made the clarification at Ochuche, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state on Saturday during the reception and conferment of the chieftaincy title of IFEAKACHI (Nothing is greater than God) on his former Commissioner, Dube Obaze, by the monarchs of Anambra North zone, said for now he would prefer a quiet life and rest rather than engaging in what he called the drudgery of politics after eight years as governor.
Before this time,there were guesstimates in the political circle that the former All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) governor had vowed to wrest Anambra Central senatorial district seat from his arch political rival, Chris Ngige, in the February2015 polls.
But in the encounter with with newsmen at Ogbaru Obi said " I'm not contesting any election. I'm resting."
On the stories making the rounds that the federal government is considering him for an appointment as a minister, Obi said he would be ready to serve the country in any capacity deemed fit for him, but "I'm not looking for job".
Asked about the future of his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) in winning elections in next year's polls, he said "we're prepared. We'll get it right."
Commenting on the honour bestowed on his former commissioner,Obaze, by the monarchs, Obi described it as an honour well deserved.
In his comment, the Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Oseloka Obaze,who is the head of the Obaze family, said the honour done to his younger sibbling was by extension an honour done to the entire family,stressing that the family would not hesitate to nominate Dubem for more service to mankind in future.
The Representative of the area in the House of Representaives,Afam Ogene, saw the honour on the ex-commissioner as a spur to every office holder to render service to the people which he posited was the essence of democracy.
The Anambra North monarchs led by the Obi of Onitsha during the conferment had said that they so did because of the former commissioner's demonstrable commitment in using his portfolio as the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters to transform rural communities in the state.
For the honouree ,the recognition accorded him was a tonic that would ginger him to render more service to his people and humanity in general.
Former Senate President,Ken Nnamani,oil magnates: Emeka Offor and Ifeanyi Ubah,were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.