Nollywood actor turned politician, Kenneth Okonkwo has declared that the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi is the candidate to beat in the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking on Channels TV Politics Today on Thursday, Okonkwo said it is obvious Obi is the candidate Nigerians want and others are just in the race to add to the numbers.
Asked by the anchor about the possibility of the Labour Party candidate losing the 2023 presidential election, Okonkwo said that can only happen if Nigerians allow thieves to steal their votes at the polls.
Obi Is Not An Ethnic Candidate
Speaking during the programme, Okonkwo maintained that all other major presidential candidates for the 2023 polls are promoting an ethnic view except Obi who is nationalistic in view and is promoting a united Nigeria.
According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar is about the north while the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is about the south with his ’emi lokan’ slogan.
In his words, “Let’s talk about sectional politics, as I have said, Atiku went to the north and said northerners should vote only for somebody from the North, not Yoruba, not Igbo. What can be more ethnic than that?
“Tinubu went to Ogun state and said it is the turn of the Yorubas and when it comes down to the Yorubas, it is my turn; that is the meaning of E mi lokan. What can be more sectional than that?
“Peter Obi went to the Igbo people and at the risk of losing their votes, he told them, “do not vote for me because I am Igbo, vote for me because I’m a man of competence, character and capacity. And Nigerians, he said, it is not the turn of anybody. In 2023, it is the turn of Nigerians.”
Obi Is In Clear Lead
Citing results from polls conducted by members of the public, Okonkwo said it is clear Obi has already won the 2023 presidential election.
This would only be confirmed during the February 2023 polls according to him.
He said: “Check the analysis as I’ve always told you, take it by polls, you know there are three polls that have come out and in the first one, he scored 23, in the second one 53 and in the third one 75.
“Soon and very soon, before the election reaches when the two candidates will unravel and I am sure they are already unravelling then it will now be Peter Obi and others.
“Because then collectively, they will not have up to five per cent and whenever you don’t get up to five per cent you’ll be classified as others. “So it is going to be Peter Obi and others, there is no other candidate.”