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After months of expectations, speculations, and agitations, Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State has finally thrown his hat into the ring to run for the office of President in the 2023 general elections under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). 
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Mr. Peter Obi who was a one-time vice presidential hopeful in 2019 declared on Thursday 24th of March in Government House, Awka, in the presence of traditional rulers and Presidents-General of the 181 communities in the state. According to the former governor,  “I have come to inform you of my intention to contest the 2023 presidential election. I need your support.  “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, improve education. If I have the opportunity, I will turn around the country for the better.
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“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 president of Nigeria on the platform of the PDP.” The news has received mixed reactions. Many have lauded the former governor’s declaration stating that he is the best man for the job, especially in a period when the country’s economic woes seem to be getting worse by the day. Also, other positive reactions have trailed Obi’s interest as it has heightened the discourse around the Igbo presidency, which is long overdue. On the other hand, others have cast aspersions about his national political structures as weak when compared to heavyweights like Atiku Abubakar, a fellow party member, and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Some have stated that the system will jeopardize Obi’s candidature. Featured image source: THISDAYLIVE
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This article was first published on 28th March 2022


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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