The former Anambra governor has expressed his ambition to run for president in the general election in 2023.
At a meeting with traditional rulers in Awka, Anambra's capital, he announced his decision on Thursday.
If given the chance, he claims he can unite Nigeria and assure a continual flow of investment into the country.
The former Anambra governor is known for his liberal economic stance and frugal spending while at the helm of affairs in the South-East state. Many believe he's bringing the much-needed unity to the polity being the only Igbo politician who has expressed interest to run for president come 2023 in the two main political parties.
At the press briefing on Thursday, Peter Obi stated, "We are too divided. I believe that the government I will lead will unite Nigeria. We need unity and peace for the progress of the country. I believe in Nigeria,” he said."
We need security in order to attract local and foreign investments that will make Nigeria work. People need to live in a secure place.
“The government I will lead will manage Nigeria’s resources effectively and efficiently for production. The government will invest in critical areas of development, which are education, health and pulling people out of poverty in order to create jobs for our teeming youths.
“I have done a careful study of Nigeria and I can tell you that if I have the opportunity, I will turn around the country. And I’m using the example of what we have been able to do in Anambra state. There’s practically no difference between Anambra and Nigeria."
Peter Obi will face stiff opposition in the People's Democratic Party (PDP), where the likes of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, Kwakwanso are also eyeing the presidential ticket.
Peter Obi is certainly out of the old stock of politicians. His economic transformation in Anambra will have to be tested at the federal level. Although, political pundits believe that there's a vast difference between managing a state and the federation, given the many dynamics at play at the federal level.
Also, the Chinese formula, which has always been used by Peter Obi as an example of economic transformation may suffer a hitch if the systemic corruption in the country is not tackled through appropriate laws and standardized procedures.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.