The 2023 presidential race has seen a former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi who defected to the Labour Party (LP) to pursue his presidential election in 2023 emerge as a third force in the forthcoming election.
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the name of the LP presidential candidate has been on the lips of many people who support his ambition to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his tenure.
The achievement of Obi as the Governor of Anambra State at a time has been an added advantage for his presidential ambition.
Unlike the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, who are known faces on the political scene, Obi is contesting the presidential race for the first time, same with Tinubu though the former Lagos State Governor has always been in the background of politics in the country.
Presidential polls conducted by different organizations in the last three months have also projected Obi as a candidate to reckon with. Obi has defeated known names like Atiku and Tinubu in the presidential polls.
- The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Obi in a poll conducted by NOI Polls and commissioned by ANAP Foundation on the 15th of September, 2022 led other presidential candidates. The former Governor of Anambra State in the nationwide poll conducted in September, stood at 21% while both Tinubu and Atiku were tied in second place with 13% each, while Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) was at a distant fourth with only 3%.
- A United States Media Publication, Bloomberg in a poll result released on the 28th of September, 2022 showed that Obi is the candidatemost Nigerians prefer to clinch the presidency. Bloomberg in the poll stated that out of 92% of participants who said they have decided to vote, 72% named Obi as their first choice.
- The Labour Party presidential candidate on the 21st of December, 2022 defeatedAtiku, Tinubu and Kwankwaso in another poll conducted by ANAP Foundation. Obi in the poll had 23 per cent, Tinubu scored 13, Atiku got 10 and Kwankwaso polled 2 per cent.