June 18, 2024

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Peter Obi declares for the 2023 Presidency: Could he be the “ONE” for Nigeria?


It is no news that Nigeria is in a state of chaos. The insecurity, economic meltdown, rising inflation of about 15.63%, and international debt of about $38.2bn, is a clear indications that the country is in dire need of help.


But who is this help? And where will it come from?



Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, has declared his intention to contest for the presidential position in the upcoming 2023 general elections.


He said this during a meeting with the traditional rulers and Presidents General of the 181 communities in the state at the Government House, Awka.


Obi’s declaration came barely 24 hours after he attended the declaration ceremony of former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.


According to Obi, he sought the prayers and support of the traditional rulers of the land and that is why he decided to inform them first of his intention.


He said, “I am talking to the traditional rulers because if somebody begins any journey, he must first tell his fathers. I am telling you as my fathers that I am coming out to contest the position of the president of Nigeria.


“You know me and you know how Nigeria is today. In 2019, I went with Atiku as the vice-presidential candidate, but today, I want to come out on my own.


“I just came to seek your blessings as the traditional rulers of the state. I am here to tell you as my own fathers, that I am aspiring for the president of Nigeria,”


Continuing, Obi said, “After a careful study of the country, I noticed that we’re too divided and I promise to lead a united and secure Nigeria to be able to attract foreign investments.


“The Nigeria I will lead will create jobs, boost our economy, and improve education. If I have the opportunity, I will turn around the country for the better,”


“I will move Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation. As a Nigerian, I want all parts of the country to be secured. I’m not aspiring for a political position, but to serve the country.


“Let me assure you that I will seriously contest for the presidency of Nigeria on the platform of the PDP.”


The former Anambra governor promised to pull Nigeria out of its looming poverty if elected president of Nigeria.


He added that his inspiration stems from a desire to move the country forward and make sure it remains united.


But, is it realistic?


As the 2023 general election draws nearer,  several able-bodied and capacity men have declared interests to contest for the Presidential position.  The likes of Bola Tinubu from the All Progressive Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar; former Senate Presidents, Bukola Saraki and Anyim Pius Anyim; Governors of Sokoto and Bauchi states, Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed respectively from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have all stepped forward to declare their presidential intentions.


These men have shown leadership capacity in their different roles. But even with all this experience and power gathered over the years, are they the right fit for the country?


Nigeria has had several presidential candidates give the citizens lofty dreams and promises, and on being elected, we never hear from them again.


Not to point fingers, but we were once promised “CHANGE”. A positive one that will affect all aspects of the economy. In fact, the most unique of all promises was the $1 = #1 agenda. But we all know how that has been going lately.


Undoubtedly, Peter Obi has proven himself to have a business mindset when he was the governor of Anambra State between 2006 – 2013.


During his tenure, the state recorded the highest number of renovations of schools and hospitals, as well as the empowerment of children, youths, and widows.


The Nigerian Debt Management Office (DMO) rated Anambra State as the least indebted state in Nigeria. In spite of visible and measurable achievements recorded in various sectors, the State under him did not borrow or raise bonds for her various projects.


Also, the Anambra State Government provided Microsoft Academies to more than 500 secondary schools, which the Head of Microsoft in Nigeria (Mr. Ken Span) described as the biggest of such deployment in Africa so far.


With all these achievements and more, it’s very easy to say Peter Obi is the man for the job.


But let’s not forget that Nigeria is not just made up of Igbos, but of Yorubas, Hausas, and other ethnic groups.


As usual, the fight for power has always been between the three major ethnic groups and for so long the Igbos have been denied Presidency.


Now, Mr. Obi’s declaration appears to be the miracle the Igbos have been waiting for.


While Mr. Obi isn’t the only presidential aspirant from the South East, others like the former secretary to the government of the federation, Anyim Pius, a former governor of Imo State and senator, Rochas Okorocha, and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi have all indicated interests, he (Peter Obi) is the most supported.


A socio-political organization, Movement for the Election of Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction, through its National Convener, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme,  has described Peter Obi as honest, transparent, humble, selfless, and fanatical when it comes to the welfare of the citizenry.


According to him, “Obi is the person Nigerians need as their president in other to actualize Nigerian of our dreams, hopes and aspirations’’


While Peter Obi’s track record has proved him qualified for the position, I still think there’s so much work left to be done.


It’s not just in using past successes as a qualification tool, but inaccurately strategizing to win the election.


Recall that Peter Obi was the Vice Presidential candidate in 2019 with Atiku Abubakar. Now, the people who we thought were a team have now divided and each declared intentions to contest for the same position – Presidency.


While this doesn’t look like much of a unified system to me, I hope these aspirants know exactly what the job is. Because right now, it’s far from making election promises. The damage is deeper than we all think and Nigeria needs someone who understands this and is willing to do what it takes to fix her.




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