The former Governor of Anambra State has officially declared his intention to run for presidency in 2023 through the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He made this declaration at Awka while he was addressing the royal fathers and President Generals of the 181 communities in the state at Government House Awka.
The former Governor stated that he decided to start the journey from his state by first informing the traditional rulers and the President Generals who are the custodians of the people. He said:
“We are all Nigerians and we know how things are shared in the country. Many people had called to ask my position on this matter and my answer then was that I needed to consult widely.
The reason I called you, therefore, is to officially inform you that I am aspiring for the president of Nigeria in 2023.
“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.
The zonal chairmen from the three senatorial zones speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers said they support his aspiration and pledged to assist him to realize his ambition.
the trio said that Nigerians have so much respect for Obi because of his excellent performance as a governor, confirming that he would repeat the same if elected president of Nigeria.
Igwe Peter Anugwu of Mbaukwu regretted, however, that of recent, Igbo people appear to be in disarray and urged them to be united to ensure the success.
He observed that many prominent Nigerians were looking in the direction of Obi to rescue the country and urged all Nigerians to support him. In Igwe Anugwu’s words.
“Obi’s comportment and humility have endeared him among Nigerians and they have been waiting for him to declare. Now that he has declared, I believe that Nigerians will give him their maximum support,”
Mr Oseloka Obaze, who served as Obi”s SSG described him as a tested hand who will put Nigeria on the path of greatness. Obaze said
“We worked with him and the results are there to show. We have always stood by him and we know that he will do well if he gets the opportunity to rule Nigeria”
The senator representing Anambra Central, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife said Nigerians have been waiting for Obi to declare and expressed happiness that he is coming from her senatorial zone.