One Igbo proverb says that the chicken does not forget the one who plucked its tail feathers during the rainy season; this means that a person remembers one who did him a good turn. Unfortunately, many Nigerians watching the former governor of Anambra State Mr. Peter Obi protesting against the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hope Uzodima in Imo state may not be aware of how Nigerian Court saved his political career on three occasions.
Here is how: in 2003 Mr. Peter Obi contested on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the governorship of Anambra State and lost to Dr. Chris Ngige of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The election was, however, overturned after years of litigation by the Court of Appeal on March 15, 2006, in favor of Peter Obi.
Also, Peter Obi’s impeachment on 2 November 2006 by the Anambra State House of Assembly was later overturned by the courts. He also obtained a favorable court ruling to complete a four-year tenure based on the account that governor Chris Ngige’s 3 years as governor was could not have accounted as his tenure.
It is thus surprising to political observers that the same man that was rescued by Nigerian judges is now calling for the Supreme Court ruling in Imo State to be overturned simply because he now finds himself on the other side of the political divide.
Where will Peter Obi be today without those favorable ruling by three different courts in Nigeria? Will Mr. Peter Obi have been the Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP in the last Presidential election? The answer is, nowhere.
Those whose palm kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble. Governor Peter Obi’s palm kernel was cracked by the benevolent spirit of Nigerian judges. He should not forget to be respectful to the same institution that saved his political career.