The protests by some youths against the nomination of former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, as the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has been described as “suspicious and diversionary”.
Mr Valentine Obienyem, Media Aide to Obi said this in a statement in Awka on Wednesday.
Some youths under the aegis of “The Northern Youths Leaders Forum” met with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday and urged Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to reconsider the choice of Obi or risk losing their support.
Obienyem in his statement entitled “RE: Northern group to Atiku: Drop Obi or forget 2019’ said it was a case of inventing a problem where none existed.
The media aide said the announcement of Obi as Atiku’s running mate elicited widespread approval and jubilation because it was adjudged as the best by most Nigerians.
“One is, therefore, at a loss as to the reasons informing the protest. Since leaving office, Obi has been busy visiting schools all over the country, from Cross River to Sokoto.
“Obi has been busy diagnosing the problems of the country and offering solutions.
“Obi has been busy preaching the unity of the country and how good governance will solve the problems in Nigeria, caused by cumulative years of leadership failure. This makes the protest under review suspicious,” he said.
Obienyem wondered why such protest should hold in Ota and what the intentions of those behind it were.
“Why protest in Ota? Who is behind the protest? What does the project intend to achieve? Is it true that the planning of the protest was revealed almost a week ago?” he said.