Although Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State, has not formally announced for the presidency, he has stated that if the PDP opens up its presidential ticket or zones it to the south, he will run.
Following Peter Obi’ s announcement that he wants to run for president, Oluseun Onigbinde, the CEO of BudgIT, a civic tech company, has proposed raising N10 billion using GoFundMe to assist Peter Obi’ s campaign.
The impact of this decision on the Igbo presidency in 2023 will be examined in this article.
The presidency of Nigeria has been a point of controversy among Nigeria’ s six geographical zones. The southeast, like other geopolitical zones, has made a compelling case for allowing her to create the next president. The Igbo- dominated southeast claims that the zone has never produced a president since the return of democracy in 1999, and that the next president of Nigeria should be of Igbo descent.
While the APC is rumored to be seeking for a presidential candidate from the southwest, the PDP is rumored to be looking for one from the north. For an Igbo politician to have a chance at the presidency, he or she must at least win the presidential ticket of one of Nigeria’ s two major political parties, the APC or the PDP.
Oluseun Onigbinde’ s suggestion of a N10 billion crowdfunding campaign for Peter Obi’ s presidential campaign has received over 3, 000 retweets and over 7, 000 likes on Twitter as of the time of reporting this story.
This could be evidence that many Nigerian youths believe Peter Obi is capable of leading the country out of its current economic problems and support his aspirations. Given the dominance of the youth vote, I believe the PDP would choose Peter Obi as its flag bearer, giving the Igbos a good chance at the presidency.