2023: PETER OBI AND THE IMPENDING DRAMATIC DENOUEMENT

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By CJ Okoli-Akirika (Esq)

Tell it in the sahel and surrounding hinterlands. Publish it in the atlantic waterfront and creeks. Proclaim it in the nooks and crannies of Nigeria. Let the protagonists of good governance rejoice. And let the purveyors of new Nigeria exult.

Without doubt, there are salubrious signposts denotive of marked departure from the disgusting state of failureĀ  in the polity. However, more by happenstance than design, there is presently a pleasantly mutating tide in the affairs of the nation.

From the controversies that eventuated to theĀ  innovative Electoral Act 2022, through the convoluted Party Primaries of the erstwhile dominant two parties in the country to the extant campaigns, there appear tokens of impending denouement traceable to anĀ  underrated but prodigious enigma

Enter Mr Peter Gregory Obi

Nigerians of all walks of life, region, religion, tribe and tongues are decidedly consensual that there is a sublime disposition influencing and shifting the attitude to and narratives on national discourse which is ahistorical in many perspectives also engendering seismic shifts

Notwithstanding the claim for self appropriated “turn” to rule, and the boisterous assertion of right to rule anchored on region of birth by some presidential candidates, only one front line candidateĀ  is canvassing for votes on the objective platforms of character, competency and capacity

Also of all the candidatesĀ  only one candidate has been seamlessly strident in canvassing the audacity of his pedigree andĀ  regards for facts and figures for which he has repeatedly beckoned on Nigerians to “go and verify”.

The self same candidate enjoys the singular attribute of consciously and timely predicating his desire to govern on the template inaugurated as a fundamental principle of State Policy, to witĀ  that “power belongs to the people”. He did this by urging Nigerians to ” take back your country”.

Mr Peter Gregory Obi’s social contract with Nigerians as encapsulated in his manifesto is second to none in all ramifications to the extent that other candidates were nonplussed upon public unveiling of same. The document contains the best intentions and methods of good governance touching on security, unity and welfare of Nigerians and unambiguously asserted: “We are on a mission to disrupt the deterioration of our beloved country. We want to end the race to extreme poverty and stste collapse under mercenaries who have posed as messiahs. Now is the time for new beginning. There is a strong determination of Nigerian peoples, especially the youths, to create a new future for themselves, a future of prosperity, safety and freedom. The Obi-Baba Ahmed team is committed to this mission”.

That Mr Peter Gregory Obi isĀ  humble, decent, adept, adroit,Ā  calculative and frugal is merely stating the obvious . This is more appreciated in Mr Peter Gregory Obi’s handling of the affairs of Anambra State, expandinding the frontiers and fortunes of Labour Party, the unprovoked wish that he would labour to death and the unwarranted but certainly misguided and mischievous letter titled ,”history beckons….”.

In all his peregrinations, Mr Peter Gregory Obi has demonstrably manifested soundness of mind and body

Thus, with the emergence of Mr Peter Gregory Obi the pastime politics of Old Order is inexorably yielding place to issue oriented campaigns and meaningful engagements with the citizens on different fora and platforms culminating in the widely accepted and trending consultations with youths, the women and the diaspora.Ā  In all these, Mr Peter Gregory Obi would innovate while others would emulate.

Mr Peter Gregory Obi is the only candidate who campaigns “amongst and in the midst of the people”. He is so receptive and empathic that he listened to the “still small voice” of Arise TV presenter Mr Rufai Oseni, stopped his campaign and really visited the victims of flood even at the risk ofĀ  his personal safety

How are Nigerians responding to the illustrious call to take back their country. Will Nigerians witness a dramatic denouement in the 2023 Presidential Election. What is the place of “structure” recently rechristened “infrastructure” by H EĀ  El Rufai who seems fixated with the offensive oddity of the inglorious past when the welfare and security of the people, the legitimate custodians of power, meant and mattered nothing while structures of corruption, ineptitude and insecurity held sway.

The emerging reality is that the status quo of misgovernance, sustained by recycled promoters and patrons of mediocrity and their acolytes, is ineluctably being supplanted and superceded by the peoples driven gravitas to birth a new Nigeria. This is the fons et origo and the salient mantra of the resilient obidient movement.

The message of Mr Peter Gregory Obi and its manner of delivery meaningfully resonate with Nigerians who are deservedly demanding good governance from the leaders.

None of the Presidential Candidates has positively andĀ  transcendentally impacted on the affairs, fortunes and frontiers of his electoral platform than Mr Peter Gregory Obi of the Labour. The mischievous and meretricious allegation of lack of structure and invented, though ephemeralĀ  charge of lack of seriousness had since been contextuallyĀ  negated. As a learned friend Chizoba Kevin Ezeoke Esq, a noble mind with righteous disposition put it, events reconciled the situations as Nigerians spurned the dubious and devious claims of officious hirelings and institutional perpetual naysayers

These isolated instances will suffice in solemn demonstration of the likely impending dramatic denouement of 2023 presidential election

H E Godwin Obaseki was one of the earliest to wholeheartedly acknowledge that the “obedients” are in every household including his government. H E Umahi upped the ante, publicly andĀ  affectionately declared “I love what Mr Peter Obi is doing”. H E Samuel Othorm , after bemoaning the restraint imposed on him by partisan exigency wholeheartedly admitted that Mr Peter Gregory Obi is the best Presidential candidate. Chief Olisa Metuh, the erstwhile vocal spokesman of now beleaguered PDP from which he resigned, after visiting one of the far northern states, admonished the errant leadership of his then party that “the obidient movementĀ Ā Ā  is not a joke”. Even a serving Senator Smart Adeyemi ignored all ignoble pretensions and avowed that Mr Peter Gregory Obi is in issue and serious contender in the 2023 presidential contest.

The significance of the above is not lost on Nigerians and has put in objective perspective the erstwhile exogenous and infamous claims of the duo of Oriental governor and tycoon who embarrasingly muted the idea of deferred presidency for Nigerians of South East extraction

Prominent and highly respected traditional rulers imbued with nationalistic fervour are fervent on the emergence of Mr Peter Gregory Obi. To the Oba of Benin, Mr Peter Gregory Obi’s integrity goes before him. To the Front line Emir of Bauchi, it is a done deal and matter closed as the reverred Royal Father asserted that Mr Peter Gregory Obi is the next President Insha Allah. To substantiate this and further ascribe a caliphate imprimatur to the Bauchi declaration, His Eminence the Sultan Of Sokoto undertook to give Mr Peter Gregory Obi a book on leadership. An anointing prelude ?

Socio cultural groups, religious leaders and clerics, professional bodies, civil society organisations, student bodiesĀ  women associations, the disporeans and elder statesmen are unflappable and unflagging in their support for Mr Peter Gregory Obi’s Presidency. In the weighty and ponderousĀ  words of inimitable Elder Statesman PaĀ  Ayo Adebanjo “if Obi does not win forget Nigeria”.

Will the foregoing dovetail to a dramatic denouement for 2023 Presidential Election ? The answer seems to be in the threshold of affirmation.

When Mr Peter Gregory Obi was charged with lack of structure (subsequently downgraded to infrastructure) the Nigerian masses accepted the burden of proof on behalf of Mr Peter Gregory Obi, rose to the occasion and appropriately pulverised and excoriated the outdated farrago. The outcome is now in the public domain and has radically though wholesomely altered the narrative and contents of extant campaigns.

Subsequently, it was sporadically touted that Mr Peter Gregory Obi is not known and cannot win election in Northern Nigeria. This time Mr Peter Gregory Obi accepted the challenge and the burden of proof. He is campaigning in Northern Nigeria and the masses areĀ  responding. The short term outcome is that one of the fancied front-runners for the Presidency is alleging that he is “now in talks with Mr Peter Gregory Obi on how to work together to win the Presidential Election”.

Though theĀ  particulars of the fangled talks were not supplied, the assertion by the Presidential Candidate was an uncanny admission that Mr Peter Gregory Obi is at the epicentre and a poignant factor in the forthcoming Presidential election.

This aside, a Presidential aide Bashir Ahmed displayed the picture of Mr Peter Gregory Obi “praying for the victory of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu”. A further consumate confirmation of the recurrent and looming importance of the activities of Mr Peter Gregory Obi as the “facts in issue” awaiting resolution by Nigerians who are poised to take back their country

As seemingly outlandish as the H E Atiku Abubakar’ s “talks” and Bashir Ahmed ‘s “prayer” may appear, they irresistibly signpost a dramatic denouement for 2023 Presidential Election

The irreducible minimum truth is that things are no longer at ease and the center is no more holding for other Presidential Candidates.

From the various opinion polls that have consistently demonstrated the primus inter pares position of Mr Peter Gregory Obi to the widespread acceptability of his illustrious and engagingĀ  message, there is the possibility, if not inevitability of dramatic denouement to 2023 Presidential Election to be manifested in extensive organic clamour for the emergence of Mr Peter Gregory Obi, most especially in the Norther geo political zone and the concomitant weakening, technical surrender by or defeat of other Presidential Candidates.

Then and only then would the comments and stance of the patriots herein highlighted make manifest meaning to Nigerians

In the ineffable words of Dr Tanko Yunusa, “It is wonderful to note that the findings of Nextier’s second poll for the 2023 General Elections suggest that the message of hope of our Presidential Candidate Mr Peter Obi is resonating strongly with the Nigerian people. It demonstrates that the efforts of Nigerians from across the nation to take back their country and reshape its character and fortunes to benefit all Nigerians are bearing fruit”.

ā–ŖļøC JĀ  Okoli-akirika an Awka based lawyer was a former Commissioner for Lands and Survey in Anambra state