- promised to move Nigeria to a producing nation
Peter Obi, a vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, has declared interest in running for President's office in 2023.
According to Punch, Mr Obi made the declaration on Thursday while addressing Presidents-General of the 181 communities and traditional rulers in the state at the Government House, Awka, Anambra State.
The former VP candidate also tweeted it to his followers via his verified handle.
"I have come to inform you of my intention to contest the 2023 presidential election. I need your support," the newspaper quoted Mr Obi as telling the monarchs.
"After a careful study of the country, I noticed that we're too divided, and I promise to lead a united and secure Nigeria to be able to attract foreign investments.
"The Nigeria I will lead will create jobs, boost our economy, improve education. If I have the opportunity, I will turn around the country for the better," he said.
Mr Obi gave the audience a snippet of his plans to "move Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation."
He added, As a Nigerian, I want all parts of the country to be secured. I'm not aspiring for a political position but to serve the country.
"Let me assure you that I will seriously contest for the president of Nigeria on the platform of the PDP."
The contender was the governor of Anambra State for eight years - between 2006 and 2014 on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The former governor defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in 2014 after handing over to Willie Obiano.
He was the running mate of Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 general election.
Mr Atiku has also declared interest in running in 2023, meaning the former team could run against each other.
Mr Obi has not disclosed which platform he will be running, but his interest has boosted the interest of the South-East leaders, who had been clamouring for its shot at the Presidency.©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.