Peter Obi is seen as a new hope in Nigerian politics because of his track record of success as a governor and his focus on improving the lives of the people he governed. Many consider him a leader committed to good governance and the development of his country.
Although he began his professional career as an accountant and served as a managing director in many companies, Peter Obi came to the public limelight during his tenure as the governor of Anambra State from 2006 to 2014. His popularity stemmed from the various policies and programs he introduced during his incumbency to improve the state's infrastructure, boost its economy, and improve the standard of living for its residents.
One of his remarkable successes as a governor was his focus on improving the state's education system. In 2018, Esin Suji noted in Vanguard that Peter Obi’s education model pays off after a Regina Pacis Model Secondary School student won the prestigious Technovation Gold Award for 2018 despite the competition featuring students from every corner of the world.
Peter Obi believed Nelson Mandela’s quote that says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. So, he priced education as the foundation to enhance the quality of life of his people. As a governor, he implemented several programs aimed at increasing enrollment in primary and secondary schools and built and renovated schools throughout the state. Because of these efforts, Anambra State's education system improved significantly, and the state's literacy rate increased.
Obi gave out contracts that were duly supervised to ensure that every party filled out binding agreements. This is observed in his effort to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure. He constructed and rehabilitated several roads and also built a number of flyovers and bridges. These efforts helped to reduce traffic congestion and improve the flow of goods and services throughout the state.
In addition to his efforts to improve the state's infrastructure and economy, Obi is also known for his efforts to combat corruption. He implemented various measures aimed at reducing corruption and promoting transparency and accountability in government.
In spite of his achievements, some have criticized him for his lack of attention to poverty and the welfare of his people. Most prominent of all was the statement of the sitting Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, who stated in November 2022 that poverty doubled in the State during Obi's tenure. He established his claim in a long article titled “History Beckons and I Will Not Be Silent (Part 1)”.
It is worth mentioning that Peter Obi is the presidential candidate of the Labor Party in the election that the Independent National Electoral Commission will conduct (INEC) in February 2023. In recent months, the party has risen organically to challenge the political strongholds in the country.
Peter Obi is a Nigerian businessman and politician who is quickly rising as a new hope in Nigerian politics. A leader who is committed to good governance and the development of his country.
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