2023 presidency: Between Peter Obi and others


2023 presidency: Between Peter Obi and others

By Valentine Amanze


Peter Obi in Lagos on Tuesday March 22, 2022

In Africa, big masquerades hit the market square last; just like in Canaan, Galilee, where the sweetest wine was served last at a marriage ceremony. For those advocating for the man with the magic wand to turnaround the country, Mr. Peter Obi, has finally joined the presidential race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock, Abuja next year.

On the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former governor oiled the engine of his political journey with the royal blessing from his home state, Anambra, on Thursday March 24, 2022, thereby justifying the mantra that charity begins at home.

Before his declaration in Awka, other aspirants like Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, had done theirs in Abuja and Makurdi, several miles away from home states, respectively.

Unlike them, Peter Obi caught my attention with his decleration speech:

“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 can restore  security in Nigeria.

“As President, I want security of lives and property in Borno State; in Minna, 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 and local investments would thrive in all parts of the country.”

Like the French astrologer and physician, Michel de Notredame (Nostradamus), “who saw tomorrow,” Obi acknowleged the existence of a “big problem,” which he knew the solution.

Going by his antecidents, such challenges are surmountable.

He did it before in Anambra State for eight years and left behind N75 billion in cash and investments for his successor, Chief Willie Obiano, through prudent management of the state resources.

Obi is also peace-loving and a friend to all. During his tenure as governor, he realized that no economy could survive in a hostile environment, and therefore floated laws that chased away criminals in Anambra State, which became the blueprint other governors copied.

His love for education manifested during his tenure when he, like President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, computerized all schools in Anambra State, retrained their teachers and paid them regularly, which resulted in excellent performance of Anambra students in external examinations.

He has not stopped aiding schools in Nigeria. Recently, he asked, “What will be the future of this generation without sound education?”

He also said that education was one of the ways to end insecurity in Nigeria.

The man, who was the vice presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 general election, was chosen to run with Atiku Abubakar, because of his humility, intelligence and integrity.

He has proven to the world his pedigree in governance and economy with his sterling qualities.

Today, Obi is one of the few former governors that have not gone on a pilgrimage to the Economic and Finamcial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He has not been found wanting in government and the private sector. No wonder President Muhammadu Buhari did not list him among those that would not succeed him.

Could you believe that Peter Obi attended Atiku’s presidential declaration in Abuja on Wednesday and on the following day, Thursday, declared his in Anambra. This is a feat only a modern politician could do. His love for humanity goes beyond politics; after all he attended Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s official swear-in even when they don’t belong to the same party.

Nigerians are tired of their octogenerian and septuagenarian leaders. World over, the younger generations are detecting the affairs of their countries; pulling out their subjects out of poverty and starvation. Obi belongs to the class of leaders trending in Rwanda, Germany, France, New Zealand and Australia.

Nigerian Octogenerian leaders have failed the nation with tribal and money politics.

General Yakubu Gowon took over the leadership of Nigeria at a youthful age and managed the coutry and its economy through the civil war and after.

Nigerians must not buy the views and sentiments of tribalistic politicians, who feed on falsehood and feel that no South-easterner could be president of Nigeria.

In the spirit of equity and justice, Obi is more qualified to transform the nation just the way Paul Kagame did in Rwanda.

Recall that Dr Alex Ekwueme of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) was Nigeria’s vice president in 1979 – nine years after the civil war. He worked hamoneously with President Shehu Shagari and never betrayed him and country.

For the fact that the South-East is yet to produce Nigerian civilian president, Obi is highly qualified.

I suggest that other PDP presidential aspirants – Atiku Abubakar, Tambuwal, Bukola Saraki, Mohammed Abubakar, Wike and others – should stepdown and support Peter Obi.

Obi, the detribalised politician and philanthropist, is also a bridge bulder across the Niger and the Benue, with many friends and associates all over Nigeria.

In fact Obi is a project that will not fail Nigerians.




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