Less than 177 days remain until the 2023 presidential election, and Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s candidate, is gaining ground. Will it be sufficient to pull off a shock victory with in 2023 general election? It becomes crucial to consider what more Obi can do to help bring about such a win.
In truth, Obi needs to prevail in order to demonstrate to his millions of tech-savvy online supporters that they are trustworthy and capable. The question is how to take advantage of the chance to capture control of the center when the conditions for achieving the political fight are always present.
The Obi-dients must flawlessly maintain the current momentum tempo until February 2023 as the September 28 flag-off date for the presidential campaign draws near if they hope to pull a surprise victory at the polls.
Obi’s skill in comparative socio-economics, his desire to bring about change in governance, and the support he receives from young Nigerians were all underappreciated until recently. Although many presidents have declared to have made significant progress in resolving Nigeria’s issues, it is clear from the metrics that they have utterly failed.
There are a few additional factors that the Labour Party candidate still needs to take into account if he wants to win the 2023 presidential election.
Obi has already energized the campaign by reaching out to the expatriate population and making a number of trips to the US, Toronto, Germany, and other countries.
To gain greater backing from organizations, the business community, the student network, professionals, and committees to lead more efforts for the Party and Obi administration, Obi needs to step up his contact with the diaspora population.
He needs to interact with patriotic Nigerians who are eager to support the party’s success and the expansion of the program. But having the targeted programs adequately organized is essential to the course.
The party must play a significant role in locating well-intentioned Nigerians who will lead this initiative to its intended outcome.
Increasing the pace of Fund Raising
Funding is essential to provide the necessary resources for these structures to carry the weight of the national election for the Labour party in 2023. This is because the Obi structure is thought to have been created around 100 million hungry Nigerians and 35 million unemployed people, including unpaid pensioners.
But in order to accomplish this, the party has put plans into motion for Obi, with the recent establishment of an eleven-person diaspora committee by Labour Party National Chairman Bar. Julius Abure to raise about $150 million and N100 billion through crowdsourcing for Peter Obi’s presidential campaign.
Stakeholders must make sure that coordinated fundraising efforts and party donations are adequately monitored when the party and Obi supporters continue to raise money to support campaign and election activities prior to 2023.
Peter Obi’s advisors should consider creating a crowdfunding strategy to support his campaign if they want him to actually win the 2023 elections.
With adequate funding, the LP can start considering growth strategies. These include accommodating disgruntled party members, joining forces with political opponents who are actively challenging the current administration, and vehemently promoting the #Obidient ideals in the northern region of Nigeria, all of which will be expensive.
Many furious voters who are already unhappy with the 2 significant mainstream political parties will take Obi more seriously if he increases his media appearances and campaign funding. Imperatively, Obi will be a strong candidate in the 2023 election if all of his sizable online fans obtain their PVCs and convert their online activism into real-time votes.
Although the exact circumstances for the 2023 election are unknown, prior elections have seen problems including vote-rigging, vote-buying, the arrest of important party leaders, and coordinated violence in important states, towns, or locations where a contestant has a larger advantage in votes.
One state where Hon. Yusuf Lasun, a prominent political figure running for governor, is left alone is Osun. Obi has not been at the center of the party’s governorship candidates’ campaigns; rather, he has performed more of a one-man show.
In the Ekiti election on June 18, Obi elected to travel to Egypt instead of being present to support his party’s candidate, Olugbenga Daramola. He did this in order to research Egypt’s educational system and political structure, among other things. If the gap between Obi and state politics is filled, he will be able to travel to Aso Rock in 2023.
Voter registration should be increased:
People weren’t as adamant about voting or registering to vote until recently, but that has changed now. The populace feels so betrayed by the current administration that they are currently swarming to obtain their PVC in order to start the transformation they care so deeply about for the nation.
Peter Obi seems to be doing well so far because the majority of his campaigns and communications aim to win over voters rather than just grow his fan following.
Fortunately for Obi, well-known musicians like P Square, Okon Lagos, and Phyno as well as Nollywood celebrities are actively promoting the “get-your-PVC” campaign. Obi’s prospects of winning increase as more young people and the youth boost this consciousness and civic duty.
Reviewing merger and alliance:
Obi is without a doubt the South-East Nigerian candidate with the most potential for the presidency. But in a nation where the North receives the majority of the vote, it is insufficient to win the presidency.
Even if he chose a Muslim Northerner, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, as his running mate, Obi should still consider forming an alliance with other groups in the region if he wants to win the support of the vast majority of the region’s voters.
In order to end the conflict, Obi must also make contact with the political figures in the South-East who, despite their allegiance to different political parties, do not support his bid for the presidency. No matter how challenging, the Labour Party needs to develop a plan to guarantee unity among his own political family and clan.
Many believed, up until recently, that Obi would possibly forge a coalition with Rabiu Kwankwaso, the NNPP’s presidential candidate.
Contrary to predictions, the coalition was unsuccessful since the contenders couldn’t agree on who would be the presidential or vice presidential candidate.
Additionally, in order to take advantage of their structures throughout all states before the 2023 election, Obi could establish coalitions with parties and candidates that came in second in previous elections.
contacting the central Arewa leadership
To navigate the North without incident, Obi needs the leadership of the Arewa. Mahdi Shehu, the head of the Dialogue Group and a well-known figure in the North, claimed that Obi had yet to travel there to discuss his vision for the region and for Nigeria.
Undoubtedly, the Labour Party candidate needs Northern states like President Muhammadu Buhari’s birthplace Katsina, Kaduna, and Kano. In practically every presidential election held in Nigeria, these states produce the highest number of votes.
The presidential candidates from the 2 major political parties—the All Progressives Congress, which is in power, and the People’s Democratic Party, which is in opposition—had already been disqualified by President Olusegun Obasanjo and the president of the Northern Elders Forum, Ango Abdullahi. The fact that Obasanjo is already endorsing Obi is encouraging for an Obi presidency.
Speaking on Arise Interview, Abdullahi said Nigerians must broaden their search for presidential candidates outside of the major political parties since the country’s problems cannot be solved by the mainstream political parties as they currently exist.
In light of this, Obi needs to establish more direct connections with Northern leaders and the populace if he wants to win their support in 2023.
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