Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, has spoken on the possibility of vying for the presidency in 2023 and conditions that will make such a reality.
There have been calls in some quarters for Peter Obi to throw his hat in the ring for the 2023 presidential election.
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However, reacting to the calls, Obi said his will to run or not to run for presidency in 2023 will be guided by his party’s decision.
In tweet on his official twitter page on Tuesday, Obi disclosed that he will join the presidential race if his party zones the ticket to the south.
Recall that Obi was the running mate of of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in 2019.
“Yes, I will step into the field to contest for the opportunity to serve this great country as President if my party, the PDP, zones the ticket to the south,” he wrote on Twitter. “But if it is thrown open, Nigerians will also hear from me”.
Obi’s announcement is coming hours after former Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, declared to run for presidency in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
It’s also coming less than 24 hours after Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto state, also declared his intention to run for president under the umbrella of the PDP.
In 2020, Obi denied knowing anything about the campaign poster being circulated that he would be running alongside Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano state.
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Peter Obi has been very vocal on topical national issues, especially economy and politics, he’s repeatedly expressed his displeasure at the handling of certain issues by the current administration.
Speaking in an interview with ARISE TV in August 2021, the former Anambra governor had said the south-east region will not be handed the presidency on a platter of gold and they need to make Nigerians see reasons why the region deserves a shot at highest public office in the land.
“We need to convince the other people why it should be us. And you know we have a convincing argument for that. But it needs to be convincing. We are not going to hold a gun to their head and say ‘you must come here’,” he had said