UPDATED: Peter Obi dumps PDP, pulls out of party primaries

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A presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party. and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has dumped the party, according to multiple reports.

Mr Obi’s exit comes just before the presidential primaries.

In a letter to the National Chairman of the PDP released via his Twitter on Wednesday, the aspirant expressed that “recent developments make it practically impossible to continue participating and making constructive contributions” in the PDP.

The letter, signed by Obi, read:

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“I am writing to intimate you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was conveyed to the Chairman of the Agulu Ward 2. Anaocha LGA, Anambra, effective Friday, 20 May 2022. Consequently, I am by this letter informing you of my withdrawal (from) the PDP Presidential Primaries.

“It has been a great honour to contribute to nation-building efforts through our party. Unfortunately, recent developments within our party make it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions.

“Our national challenges are deep-seated and require that we each make profound sacrifices toward rescuing our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm, even if the route differs.

“I wish to thank you personally for your graciousness and leadership. I wish you well and best of luck in the service of country.”

Obi is still yet to disclose his next platform.

The development is expected to put a spotlight on the PDP’s primaries scheduled to be held in Abuja this weekend, where Mr Obi was initially seen as a front runner in a race including Atiku Abubakar Nyesom Wike, Dele Momodu, Bukola Saraki and others.