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Mr. Peter Obi, Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate

2023: “I’m strongly in the race, fully prepared for the contest,” Peter Obi says; Finally declares intention to contest presidency

Mr. Peter Obi
Mr. Peter Obi and some of the Traditional Rulers

Former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi on Thursday, March 24, 2022 declared that he has joined the race for Nigeria’s presidency, stressing that he is strongly in the race and fully prepared for the contest that will determine who takes over power from President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Obi, who confirmed, at a meeting with Traditional rulers and town union leaders in Awka, the Anambra State capital, that he would be running the race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  said that he would lead a government that would unite and secure the country as well as manage her resources effectively and efficiently.

The Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 general election, Mr. Obi stressed that the government he would lead would focus on such critical areas as education, health and pulling the people out of poverty, pointing out that he had already proved that he has the capacity, confidence and willingness to deliver with his performance as governor of Anambra state.

“We want to move Nigeria from consumption to production so that we can build a better future for our country. I want to lead a Nigeria where people from Sokoto, Ibadan, Onitsha and others will be secured, and celebrate Nigeria.

“I am not aspiring for a political position, but for an opportunity to serve the people of Nigeria. I want you to use your contacts and networks to gather support for me,” he told the leaders, stressing that he came to them first to receive their blessings before setting out on the journey to 2023.

He stressed: “I believe in Nigeria, I want to have a secure Borno State, a secure Sokoto state, a secure Onitsha, I want people in Ibadan to see a country that is growing and I want people in Minna to celebrate Nigeria.

“We did it in Anambra, there is no significant difference between Anambra and Nigeria, what the country needs is people with capacity, competence and willingness to manage resources effectively.

The group, which received Obi’s declaration enthusiastically and with loud applause, commended him for the declaration and assured him of their support.

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