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Peter Obi the Phenomenon: A full Revelation

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The Nigeria internet space has over the last 3 months been taken over by a storm, so powerful is this storm that it wrecks anything and everything it comes in contact with. What started as a movement has gradually metamorphosed, it is now a phenomenon.

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It has sent shivers down the spine of whomever is against it’s flow and it doesn’t hold back or show no mercy when it comes to punishing those who are ‘dis-OBI-dient’ to its cause. Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in the history of Nigeria, there is a real awakening.

Spurred by the successive bad governance the Nigerian people have had to endure for decades, it was only a matter of time before the people revolted to demand better governance, “enough is enough, it is time to give capable hands the opportunity to rule” said Yakubu, a truck driver in the urban fringes of Abuja.

“I am tired of what this country has become, the people who are supposed to lead us are squandering our commonwealth and it seems there are no consequences, we need a man who will come to right all the wrongs and that man is…..”, these are the words of Chinelo, a hairdresser and beautician managing a kiosk in the urban conurbation of Surulere, a low income neighborhood in Lagos metropolis.

But what is at the epicenter of all this? How did this wave come to be in the first place and how did it become so powerful?

Well, it’s not subject to a ‘what’ but a ‘who’?

The story begins in 1961, on the 19th day of the seventh month, a baby boy was born to a relatively wealthy family in the commercial city of Onitsha, that baby would go on to be called Peter Gregory Onwubuasi Obi, the sixth of ten children, his father passed early when he was just 7 years old but their mother through sheer doggedness and a strong will, raised all ten children who all became success stories, two of them are late.

Obi had a privileged childhood, he grew in plenty, but because of his mother’s frugality, he wasn’t spoiled with money and thus learned first hand from his mother, financial discipline, a trait he will be known by going forward for the rest of his life. Peter Obi’s life trajectory from childhood to adulthood represents what an ideal child should be like, what a teenager should be, what a young adult should get involved in, and what a real man should reflect, he is almost flawless. Little wonder why he is so loved across all age groups, he has an appeal to the very young, the adults and the aged, his competence is very loud and clear, he is a force to reckon with.

But how did Peter Obi even come into the equation and national conversation to begin with? What happened? How did the everyday Nigerian come to the conclusion that he is the one true Messiah that they had been waiting on. Let’s go back to 2003 when he joined the race to become the governor of Anambra state.

In fact, let’s go back further to 2001 when elder statesman and firmer minister of health Prof ABC Nwosu was tasked with nominating 3 people for consideration for the governorship seat expected to be vacated by the underperforming Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju, the governor of Anambra state at the time.

Prof Nwosu obliged and submitted the three names as requested; Peter Obi, Peter Obi, Peter Obi. He told the stakeholders point blank that Peter Obi was the only one capable of running Anambra state at the time and that he wouldn’t consider anyone else apart from Obi. Peter Obi was 39 years old at the time.

Why was Prof Nwosu so convinced that Peter Obi was the man Anambra needed?

To answer this, we’d have to go back, again, this time to 1996 when he joined Fidelity bank’s board of trustees and became the bank’s youngest ever chairman at 34 till date.

Prior to his banking career, he was an already established and successful businessman in Onitsha with major interest in imports, owning several sole distributorships of international brands and mega products in Nigeria and Africa.

Peter Obi took Fidelity bank from a regional bank to a national bank. Fidelity bank remains one of the most stable banks in Nigeria.

Despite the many closures, mergers and acquisitions of many underperforming banks, Fidelity bank never had a reason to worry because Peter Obi was at the helm of it’s affairs, his legacy is still felt to this day.

He took the bank from a very low profile tier 3 bank to a high profile tier 2 bank, it’s currently on track to become a tier 1 bank.

It was this combination of his performance at Fidelity bank, his successful business conglomerate and youth, that made Prof ABC Nwosu nominate him as his sole candidate.

Nwosu literally begged Obi to contest for the hot seat even though Chris Uba, the political bandit and younger brother to Senator Andy Uba the erstwhile personal aide to President Obasanjo, would eventually hijack the PDP in Anambra state to impose his own candidate; Chris Ngige.

Peter Obi would eventually join APGA, a new political party co-founded in 2002 by Odumegwu Ojukwu, who would then serve as one of Obi’s political mentors.

Obi would go on to contest under the umbrella of APGA, going head to head with the incumbent party PDP and the Chris Uba schemes.

Peter Obi went on to win the 2003 election with this new party even though it was rigged in PDP’s Chris Ngige’s favour and would go all the way to the Appeal Court to reclaim his mandate 3 years later in 2006.

It was in his position as governor of Anambra state that he established his biggest legacy yet.

His achievements as governor is his bragging right and he doesn’t fail to remind doubters to “go and verify”, a phrase which supposedly challenges one to go to Anambra state and seek out his many projects and the overall condition of the state, a testament to his legacy.

From security to infrastructure, education, health, commerce, investments and human capital development etc. Peter Obi revamped the state and revitalized the people which birthed a new Anambra state, literally.

So why do Nigerians, especially the younger generation go agog upon the mention of Obi? The question should be ‘why won’t they?’

Peter Obi inspires hope to the everyday Nigerian, they hear him speak and they see hope, possibilities and opportunities to make Nigeria great again.

This is something none of the other candidates have managed to do. In fact, this is something that even past presidents and presidential candidates failed to do.

Peter Obi inspires HOPE, that’s all the average Nigerian can bank on as the current state of the economy is nothing to write home about.

Peter Obi graciously doles out his plans for the economy and the Nigerian people without attacking his opponents despite their constant shade on him at every opportunity. It is this many attributes that endears him to the Nigerian youths.

One of the major reasons he has a massive following is because of his prudence and financial discipline.

He has highlighted many times that the cost of governance is way too much in Nigeria for a country that has over 70% living below poverty line.

Peter Obi has no EFCC case with regards to his time as governor, he’s one of the only few governors that can boast with this.

To put it in context, his immediate successor Willie Obiano was arrested by EFCC at the Abuja International airport a day after vacating office as governor after 8 years. His corruption free resumé is one of the major reasons he is trusted so much by his supporters.

His humility is also unmatched, despite being a billionaire, he flies coach, moves around without fanfare or security convoy, he places himself in a position to relate with the common man on the street and that alone has endeared him to the lower class who constitute the majority of Nigeria’s population.

To put it plainly, Peter Obi represents hope, potential, opportunity, faith, trust and belief, he is our last shot at making this country work, let us make this one count, for us and for our unborn children to come.

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African Union Takes Action: Republic of Niger Suspended Amidst Political Unrest

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In a decisive move that reverberated across the continent, the African Union (AU) announced the suspension of the Republic of Niger from its membership ranks.

This momentous decision was unveiled during the African Union’s Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, August 22.

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The suspension stems from the recent political turmoil that engulfed the nation, with the African Union pointing to the coup orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani on Wednesday, July 26. As part of a series of sanctions imposed on the francophone West African country, the Republic of Niger faced the repercussions of its internal upheaval.

The African Union’s stance was uncompromising, as it made it clear that Western nations seeking to meddle in African affairs should refrain from interfering. This firm message was directed from the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the AU’s call for autonomy echoed loudly.

The events leading up to Niger’s suspension unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest. The coup in Niger, orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, prompted the Afican Union to take action. Their decision to suspend Niger was not taken lightly and was ratified during the Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 22.

The aftermath of the military takeover in left President Mohamed Bazoum in captivity, held under the close watch of the juntas in Niger. Despite international pressure, the release of the president and his family remains elusive. This tense situation compelled the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene, imposing sanctions on Niger and establishing a deadline for the initiation of military intervention by the sub-regional body’s standby forces.

The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the African Union serves as a stark reminder of the continent’s commitment to upholding stability and safeguarding democratic governance. The swift response underscores the African Union’s dedication to maintaining order and security within its member states, sending a resounding message to the global community about the importance of respecting Africa’s sovereignty.

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Peter Obi: “I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria”

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In a recent tweet that has caught the attention of many, @MissPearls shares an inspiring declaration made by former Anambra state governor and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. According to @MissPearls, Peter Obi proclaimed, “I campaigned for Presidency because I can say it any day, I Will SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA. All these confusion everywhere can BE SOLVED, and I am PREPARED for it”

Peter Obi: I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria.

Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency in the recent elections stirred considerable excitement and garnered support from diverse quarters, particularly the youth demographic. The former governor is known for his progressive ideas and pragmatic approach to governance, which resonated with many Nigerians who sought change and effective solutions to the country’s myriad challenges.

Despite his extensive support and well-articulated vision, Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions faced formidable opponents in the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released results that placed him behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who emerged as the winner, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second. However, these results were met with skepticism due to apparent electoral irregularities that marred the integrity of the process.

In response to the controversial election outcome, both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar filed legal challenges against the INEC’s declaration. This move underscores their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the electorate is accurately reflected. As the election Tribunal Judges prepare to deliver their verdict, Nigeria watches with bated breath, eager to witness justice being served.

Meanwhile, the administration of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken significant policy actions since assuming office. The removal of fuel subsidies and the decision to float the Naira have triggered mixed reactions across the nation. While these measures may be intended to foster economic stability and growth, the immediate consequences have been felt by everyday Nigerians. The cost of living has surged, and the socio-economic effects on the rich and the poor have become more pronounced.

As the Nigerian population navigates these shifts, the aftermath of the election and the ensuing governance strategies offer a critical juncture for evaluating the nation’s trajectory. The voices of discontent, expressed by citizens facing the brunt of these policies, highlight the necessity for leaders to prioritize the well-being of the populace while pursuing economic advancements. It is essential for the government to strike a balance between fiscal prudence and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable segments of society.

The policy changes implemented by Bola Tinubu have shed light on the delicate balance between progress and the welfare of the people. As the nation waits for the tribunal’s judgment and the dust settles on the recent election, Nigeria stands at a crossroads, with the potential to reshape its future trajectory and address the systemic challenges that have held it back for far too long.

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Youths in Kano Defy Police Ban to Protest Alleged Tribunal Bribery

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Hundreds of determined youths in Kano took to the streets, defying a police ban, to protest what they perceive as attempts to manipulate the state election petition tribunal. This incident unfolded against the backdrop of a ban on protests by the Commissioner of Police, Usuani Gumel, following revelations of alleged plots to obstruct justice through financial inducement in legal proceedings.

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The rally, which unfolded outside the state government house, saw impassioned youths brandishing placards with messages that underscored their commitment to justice and the integrity of the electoral process. Their actions were sparked by concerns over an alleged plan to bribe the state election petition tribunal, casting a shadow over the fairness of the process.

The ban on protests was issued in response to recent revelations made by Justice Flora Azinge, who unveiled purported schemes by lawyers to disrupt the course of justice through financial incentives. The Commissioner of Police cited “confirmatory intelligence products” as the basis for this decision, leaving a contentious atmosphere surrounding the freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest.

This ban, however, failed to deter the resolute youths who carried a variety of placards conveying their strong stance against corruption, manipulation, and injustice. The slogans they chanted resonated with their determination to safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process and uphold transparency in governance.

Among the messages displayed, one placard caught the eye with its direct callout: “Gandollar, stop spoiling the name of Tinubu.” This highlights the allegation that financial impropriety is tainting the reputation of key political figures.

In a video circulated online, the enthusiastic protesters chanted slogans that echoed their deep-seated concerns. Chants of “No to corruption,” “No to injustice,” and “No to manipulation” reverberated through the crowd, embodying the youth’s unwavering commitment to fair and accountable governance.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf praised the peaceful conduct of the protesters and assured them that their concerns would be relayed to President Bola Tinubu. This gesture recognizes the role of the youth in shaping political discourse and underscores the importance of their voices in the pursuit of a just society.

In conclusion, the youths in Kano have seized the moment to voice their concerns and demands for an unbiased electoral process. Their defiance of the police ban serves as a reminder that public sentiment cannot be easily suppressed. As this incident unfolds, it raises important questions about the delicate balance between freedom of assembly, legitimate protest, and maintaining public order. It also underscores the critical role of the youth in shaping the political landscape and demanding accountability from their leaders.

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