Watch: Nigerian presidential candidate Peter Obi on his plans to transform Nigeria’s economy and his support for African-Americans
Nigerians are not happy with the status quo of the country and want to see change. That is why they elect candidates who challenge the established order. That is why Peter Obi and his campaign for presidency is doing so well.
Nigerians have been struggling for over six years since the death of their founding president, Umaru Yar’Adua. And despite the fact that he was the first president to be elected by the people rather than appointed to office by the establishment, Yar’Adua’s legacy has been tarnished. The last five years of his presidency saw the most brutal, most destructive crisis Nigeria has faced since the end of the colonial era.
Yar’Adua’s government’s economic policies had been criticized and his government was seen as failing to address the economic challenges Nigerians confronted. The president’s term was also marked by political struggles between the ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and many members of the opposition, including the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP and the ANPP are allies and are also bitter rivals in the presidential election. The ANPP wants Yar’Adua to step down and make way for its leader Goodluck Jonathan.
But the PDP, which has been in power since 1989, is now in power again thanks to a vote-buying pact between Yar’Adua’s widow, Atiku Abubakar, and President Goodluck Jonathan. But before the election, the PDP won only seven out of 60 contested seats to defeat Jonathan’s Alliance for Democracy (AD) by about 400,000 votes.
The election was marked by violent riots between the two parties and the government of Yar’Adua. The violence started in 2007, and the year was marked by many deaths. But at the time, the government was able to retain control over the city of Abuja.
The violence erupted after Jonathan gave