Political analysts say Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo faces several hurdles in his bid for re-election. They say one obstacle is a division within the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, the PDP. The other is intense criticism from influential members of the party, such as Chief Achike Udenwa, governor of the southeastern state of Imo.
He says President Obsanjo has treated the region unfairly by refusing to build federal projects. Governor Udenwa has even gone so far as to call for another candidate to replace General Obasanjo on the ballot.
He says if the president hopes to carry the east, he must consult with the people there and be willing to spend federal funds. Governor Udenwa spoke with English to Africa reporter Chinedu Offor in Oweri in Imo State.