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The trajectory of the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria is taking so many dimensions and unpredictabilities. The nation can feel the fervor and the uncertainties all around. However, many are hopeful that a new Nigeria will emerge In 2023.
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As usual millions of Nigerians are lining up behind their favourite aspirants. This 2023 election has seen several heavyweights throw their hats into the ring. We have also seen some jokers too. No doubt, next year’s elections will be heavily contested. To mention but a few of the heavyweights, the likes of VP Yemi Osibanjo, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Lagos, Anambra, and Ekiti State Governors Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  Peter Obi, Kayode Fayemi, the present governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi have been tipped as serious contenders for the office of the President. 
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Of the names that hit the waves with a special kind of fervour and renewed hope in the country, the person of Peter Obi stands tall among others. His nationwide acceptance remains a threat to all, and at every point, fellow contestants take a dig at his personality. However, his mammoth crowd of supporters remains unflinching. Daily, the name Peter Obi trends on Twitter and other media spaces. In various conducted online polls, Peter Obi dusts fellow opponents with a wide margin. What more? Hashtags like #PeterObi2023, #PeterObiForPresident, #GiveUsPeterObi, and so many more stay on the Twitter trend table for days and weeks, heralding his nationwide acceptance. 
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However, one thing stands Obi’s way from becoming the people’s president – his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). First, as against its Constitutional arrangements, the PDP jettisoned zoning and left its ticket open, despite calls to zone the ticket to the South, where Peter Obi is from. Leaving the choice of the party’s flag bearer in the hands of delegates means Peter Obi’s chances of them winning at the primaries are in doubt. Party delegates have often been dubbed as corrupt individuals who engage in vote selling, an act Peter Obi won’t subscribe to. It is in this face of uncertainty, that his millions of followers will take to the streets come Saturday 21st of May, 2022 to compel the party to yield to the voice of the electorates. The match which has been tagged “ONE MILLION MAN MATCH FOR PETER OBI” will take place nationwide in various rendezvouses across the 36 States and capital to demand that Peter Obi be given the party ticket. Featured  Image Source: Facebook
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This article was first published on 20th May 2022 and updated on May 24th, 2022 at 7:22 am


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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