Former Anambra governor and vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party at the 2019 general election, Mr. Peter Obi, today declared his interest to contest the presidency in 2023. This is coming just a day after Atiku Abubakar, the former presidential flagbearer also declared his intention to run.
Mr. Obi, viewed as prudent and honest made his intentions known during a meeting with Anambra State monarchs on Thursday, pledged to move Nigeria forward if he is given the opportunity to lead the country.
Obi, who made his declaration known before the traditional rulers in Awka, on Thursday, said he decided to tell the monarchs first in order to seek their blessings and prayers.
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“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.
“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.
“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.
The former governor who made his fortunes in banking said it is only someone like him who can move the country forward from the “lowest ebbs” it is currently.
“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.
“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 added.