As Nigeria continues its onward march to the much-anticipated 2023 presidential elections, renowned political analyst, Professor Abiodun Adeniyi has come out to explain why he believes that Labour Party flag bearer, Peter Gregory Obi can no longer be considered as just a third force in the race for the presidency, but rather should be seen as a major force to reckon with on the ballots.
Speaking during an interview on ARISE TV’s ‘Prime Time’ with Charles Aniagolu a few hours ago, Adeniyi pointed out that never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a candidate who left a major political party for a small one, galvanized so much support from the populace within a matter of months.
Going further, the Prof opined that because Obi has succeeded in breaking the political duopoly of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he can no longer be seen as just a third force, but rather a major force. He went on to add that even in some aspects, the former Anambra governor is being viewed as the second or even the main force going into next year’s polls.
“The Peter Obi effect. Really, like him or not, I think he has been able to be a major conversation in the nation’s democratic process. I’ve never seen it happen in this country where we just see an individual changing political parties and then galvanizing followership from across the country. And it is not just ordinary galvanizing, he has been able to make them very passionate about him. It is an achievement that won’t go away easily, and I think it has to be put on record at some point.
It is a good development for Nigeria, Peter Obi broke that duopoly. Maybe a little to the left and a little to the right, though not necessarily so, but theoretically, Peter Obi came in, broke that duopoly, and became a factor. You cannot even describe him within the context that he’s a third force now. He has become a major force, and sometimes people see him as the second force or even the first force.”