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  Since the MKO Abiola era, never have Nigerians clamoured for the candidacy of one man, Peter Obi. The emergence of Mr Obi on the field of play has renewed hope among Nigeria’s disenchanted and disillusioned youth population. The feeling around Nigeria at the moment is the fact that we need to get it right this time.
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What if he fails as president? Then, I respond by asking, what if he succeeds? I go further by saying that he already has a track record of performance which he hasn’t been shy to ask us to verify. Instructively, Albert Einstein defines insanity as doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. Thus, why must we not try something new? Why must we not try somebody fresh? Someone outside the Nigerian political establishment, someone who speaks a different political language, from a different political class. Importantly is #PeterObi a saint? No. Neither is he without spot nor is he without blemish. He is a man so he doesn’t need to be perfect. Nigerians should understand that Peter Obi is not and would not be a messiah. However, he is or should be the first step towards getting things right in our nation. Does he have a track record of performance? Yes. Has he always been intentional? Yes. Has he shown political will? Yes. Why, then, shouldn’t he be the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?
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Furthermore, the Nigerian political space can be likened to the biblical proverb of the talents, Peter Obi as the one with five talents who replicated the five while the political establishment, the one with just one talent who hid his’. However, Peter Obi, as governor, did not meet plenty, unlike the one who got five talents. Mr Obi met profligacy in Anambra state, but he reorganised and sanitised the state with his political will and goodwill. In certain quarters, it is popular to chant narratives like, Anambra is a small state compared to the whole of Nigeria; suggesting incompetence and that Nigeria would inundate him. The truth of the whole matter is his track record. Peter Obi, throughout his political career, has shown political will. Characteristically, he has exhibited the ability to push through difficult projects. These facts he has presented to the people every chance he got. Furthermore, Peter Obi’s method of issue-based conversations has endeared him and made him extremely marketable to the people. With him, there is no room for spurious and hyperbolic promises and prophecies, characteristic of Nigerian politicians. Again, I need to iterate that Obi is not a miracle worker and would not make Nigeria into some of the best nations in eight years. But, to achieve the best results, an organisation or individuals need to make successive right decisions, and Peter Obi is the first step to so many right decisions Nigeria has to make.
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Also, Nigerians should pay deaf ears to those who promote the narrative that the Labour Party and Peter Obi do not have the structure to win an election. I ask, what is the structure? Is the structure a building or the people? Nigerians can only be deceived because they haven’t come to terms with the power they possess as a people. There is no structure more structure-like than the people. Nigerians, would you rather vote for candidates who have eaten what was meant for you and your kids, and are on the verge of consuming the portion of your unborn, or a candidate who understands the meaning of planting and protecting a seed for the future? In the political scheme of things in Nigeria, a misstep in 2023 takes another four or eight years to correct. However, judging from aerodynamics, it is easier to fall than to rise. Thus, we need to lay the groundwork for success while the sun still shines. Nigerians, can we look past the biblical pottage of Jacob and place our focus on the paternal inheritance meant for Esau? We really need to get it right, Not just for the interim, but also for our collective future. Peter Obi is the man for the job! Featured Image Source: The Guardian NG
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This article was first published on 21st June 2022


I am a poet. I am a moderate thinker who abhors radicalism on every front and believes that most things are relative. I am a social and political critic. I love writing, reading and international politics.

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