Peter Obi Denies Desperation for Presidency, Reveals His Primary Focus

Peter Obi Denies Desperation for Presidency, Reveals His Primary Focus

  • Peter Obi has revealed that he is desperate to reform Nigeria, which has always been his primary objective
  • He dismissed talks that he was desperate to become President of Nigeria, noting that he was only passionate about the country's future
  • Peter Obi stated this in Abuja at the LEADERSHIP Conference and Awards, where he was awarded Politician of the Year 2023 journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

FCT, Abuja - Labour Party's presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, emphasised his commitment to seeing Nigeria thrive rather than solely seeking power.

Upon receiving the LEADERSHIP Politician of the Year 2023 award at the LEADERSHIP Conference and Awards in Abuja, he made these remarks.

Peter Obi has revealed his intention to reform Nigeria
The LP bannerman won the award for politician of the year. Photo Credit: Mr Peter Obi
Source: Facebook

Obi expressed disappointment over the need for aid from war-torn Ukraine, highlighting Nigeria's agricultural potential, particularly in Niger State, which he believes could feed the entire African continent.

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He said:

“Let me thank the LEADERSHIP Newspaper for this event and the award. We’ve all heard from the keynote speaker.
“For me, this award, I am grateful to the almighty God. If I have the opportunity, I will give my all to the country.
“I am not desperate to be president, I am desperate to make Nigeria work.”

Nigeria can feed Africa - Says Peter Obi

Obi emphasised the importance of actively involving young Nigerians in productive activities to eradicate poverty and reduce crime.

He stated that with more than 7,442,000 square meters of land, Nigeria can provide food for the entire African continent, emphasising that Nigeria has no justification for its poverty.

The LP bannerman said:

“Ukraine has no reason to give us grain. Niger State can feed Nigeria, Africa with over 73, 000 square meters of land.

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“The two biggest states in the North-East, Borno with over 70,000 square metres of land and Taraba, are four times the size of Belgium that is exporting food. There is so much we can do in the country if we have the right leadership.
“The more you remove people out of poverty, the more you have less criminals.”

Obi rewards Kano tricyclist who returned missing N15m With N250m scholarship

In another report, Awwalu Salisu, who returned N15m left in his tricycle by a Chadian businessman in 2023, has been offered a scholarship.

Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, offered him this scholarship.

This scholarship is up to PhD level of education and is worth N250 million.


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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email:

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