I am set to fix, unite Nigeria, says Obi
Gets royal blessing from Anambra monarchs
By Valentine Amanze & Okey Maduforo
The Anambra State former governor, Mr Peter, has officially declared his ambition to succeed Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president in 2023 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obi, who made the declaration in Awka, Anambra State on Thursday March 24, 2022, disclosed that he was set to fix and unite Nigeria again.
The former governor, who immediatrly got the endorsement of the 177 autonomous communities in Anambra State, pointed out that he was not seeking for political appointment selfishly; but to serve humanity.
His words: “I am not contesting because I want political appointment but to serve this country and unite Nigeria. I am the only person that can unite Nigeria.
“The state of our country is deplorable and the level of insecurity is indeed unfortunate and Nigeria has fallen to the lowest ebb in the committee of nations in the world and I am the only one that can restore security in Nigeria.
“As President, I want security of lives and property in Borno State; in Minner, Niger State; as I want it to be in Onitsha and in Kano or Ekiti State.
“My interest in the presidency of Nigeria is to restore security and revamp our educational sector and also revive the health sector and I have seriously studied our country and I have come to discover that all that we need is to ensure security so that foreign aid local investments would thrive in all parts of the country.
“I have come to serve Nigeria and I am sure of restoring our country and uniting the country because if there is no unity in Nigeria, we cannot move ahead.
“You all know me very well and I do not need any more introduction and you all know what I did as governor of Anambra State and Anambra is like Nigeria and anybody who is able to manage Anambra State can manage Nigeria. I am calling for your support and I have confidence in you all that you will support me.”
Besides, Uche Ekwunife of Anambra Central District, had earlier reminded the crowd of Obi’s great achievements for the state and country.
The senator said that those asking questions about which of the Igbo people were eligible to go for presidency were ignorant of the personality of Mr Peter Obi.
She said, “When you go to the North they say that they are waiting for the Igbo and the person is Peter Obi. You go to the West they say that they are waiting for Ndigbo and they are waiting for Peter Obi; and you go to South South and they say that they are waiting for Peter Obi.
“This is a good product [Obi] and a good product needs not so much stress to sell through; and that is Peter Obi and we in Igbo land have no choice but to support our brother because he is the next president of Nigeria.”
Also the Chairman of Anambra Traditional Rulers Council and the Obi of Onitsha who was represented by Igwe Emma Nnabuife of Okija community, stated that the entire monarchs have spoken that “Peter Obi is our man for presidency.”
“We need no other person but him and the Igbo have endorsed Mr Peter Obi as our candidate and this is the turn of Ndigbo.”
The highpoint of the occasion was the traditional prayers for his endorsement.