Former governor and vice presidential candidate declares his 2023 presidential ambition
Former Governor of Anambra state and former vice presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria in the 2019 Nigerian presidential elections Peter Obi announced on Twitter Thursday his ambition to run for President of Nigeria in 2023.
The 61 year old businessman and banker turned politician said on a Twitter post. “Dear Nigerians. I am here to inform you all that I will be aspiring for the post of President of Nigeria in 2023.” The post at the time of writing had gone viral with over 20k retweets and over 50k likes. One post refers to him as “Nigeria’s last card.”
Earlier Thursday, Obi had gone to Awka in Anambra state to meet with the traditional rulers to seek their blessings in accordance with Igbo tribal customs which say before anybody embarks on a mission he or she must first seek the blessings of the elders. Which he did.
“I am talking to the traditional rulers because if somebody begins any journey, he must first tell his fathers. I am telling you as my fathers that I am coming out to contest the position of the president of Nigeria.” he addressed the traditional rulers.
“You know me and you know how Nigeria is today. In 2019, I went with Atiku as the vice presidential candidate, but today, I want to come out on my own.” On Wednesday he had attended the declaration ceremony of Abubakar Atiku former vice president and presidential candidate in 2019.
“I just came to seek your blessings as the traditional rulers of the state. I am here to tell you as my own fathers, that I am aspiring for the president of Nigeria,” he said.
“If I am voted as the President, I will secure Nigerians, create jobs for the teeming youths of the country and pull Nigeria out of poverty.” Cheers filled the room when he said that and was allowed to continue. It became more like a job interview before the royal fathers. he was bringing a lot of experience in governance to the table.
“Everything I have done regarding resources, I have managed them proudly. I want to move this country forward. I am a Nigerian, I believe in one united Nigeria, I want it secured.
“I am not just aspiring for political position but to serve and move the country forward. I have all it takes to be president and move the country forward.” He concluded.
Commentators were quick to note that if Peter Obi wins he will be the first elected from his geo-political zone of the South East in 60 years. The other head of state from the South East was General Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi who took power after the bloody coup of January 15 1966. Ironsi was in office from 17 January 1966 – 29 July 1966 when he was overthrown in a mutiny and killed.
Though he was mentioned in the Pandora Papers as having offshore companies and accounts, refusing to declare his assets before the Code of Conduct tribunal his supporters say he is Nigeria’s last card and out of all the presidential aspirants for 2023 he is the most qualified.
As one cynical supporter puts it, reminding of us Fela Kuti’s “Confusion Break Bone” album cover which says “Which Head Never Steal?”