2023 Presidency: Peter Obi disassociates self from solidarity groups


The PDP's Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2019 election and an erstwhile Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi has dissociated himself from his solidarity group campaigning for his emergence as the Nigerians' President in 2023.

Mr. Peter Obi, on Saturday distanced himself from various groups campaigning for him, who went as far as sharing on various social media platforms, posters promoting  Obi/Kwakwanso ticket for the 2023 Presidency.

But Mr. Obi has said: "I am not part of the poster being circulated."  

Further, Obi's Media Adviser, Barr. Valentine Obienyem added in a statement: "I was not even contacted and I do not know the group that made the poster."

Obi had quickly tweeted: “I am not part of the poster being circulated” immediately his attention was drawn to the poster publicised by the Equity Group, which advertised its National Coordinator as one Nonso Jonathan. 

NATIONAL PANEL learnt that the poster features the photos of Peter Obi and former Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabi’u Kwakwanso, with inscriptions:  “For Equity & Fairness 2023 PETER OBI For President, RABI’U KWAKWANSO For Vice President”.

Yet the the statement issued by Obi's Media Adviser hinted: “I was not even contacted and I do not know the group that made the poster.”

However, Obienyem urged Nigerians to join hands in tackling the present problems facing the country, with the ultimate aim of building a better Nigeria rather than being preoccupied with the next election or who occupies political positions in the next political dispensation.

“The election comes up in 2023. We should be worried about how to build a better country now, how to improve our educational system, how to reduce unemployment and how to make Nigeria a better country so that we shall still have a country by the time the election comes,” he advised.

Recall that there is another poster on circulation, featuring the PDP's 2019  Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the same Mr. Peter Obi for 2023 as Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates respectively. 

Nevertheless, another movement questing for Southeast Presidency in 2023 has now led to the enlisted best eleven personalities who were said to have qualified for the number one seat in the country.

The Igbo for President Solidarity Group (IPSC) yesterday suggested not fewer than eleven eminent politicians from the south-eastern states that are qualified to be presented as presidential candidates in 2023 general elections.

Their President, Dr. Olukayode Oshiariyo, publicized their names after the meeting of the congress in Abuja on Friday, saying that time had come for Nigeria to produce a President from Southeast zone.

He said the group has come to the conclusion that in 2023, a man or woman of Igbo extraction will become the President of the country.
“IPSC will engage in consultations across the six geo-political zones, visitation to Emirs, Obas, Eze, Obi and chiefs, to discuss and examine the characters and integrity of the eleven persons suggested,’’ he said.

The eminent persons suggested by the group included Dr Onu Ogbonaya-Abia, former Governor, Peter Obi of Anambra, Dr Chris Ngige - Anambra, Sen. Rochas Okorocha - Imo, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi, Sen. Uzor Kalu-Abia, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu-Enugu, Sen. Eyinaya Enyinnaya Abaribe - Abia, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Sen. Nnamdi Uba-Anambra and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu - Anambra.

He observed: "Since 1999, South-West, North-West and South-South have produced Presidents, conventionally, power rotates for equity and justice as implied in the Principles of Federal Character.

“Therefore, in 2023, passionate consideration should be accorded the South-East as the only zone in the Southern region that has yet to produce a President."

He therefore explained that, IPSC is founded out of sincere concern for the country to promote peace, unity, equity, fairness, justice and prosperity.

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