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Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by TONYE001(m): 10:26am On Jan 29, 2023
Beyond politics, there is a thing or two we all can learn from Peter Obi's candidacy.

A Recap

Recall that PO was the governor of Anambra State for 8 years. During his tenure, he had all sorts of oppositions from the State House of Assembly to the common men on the street. This is not because he was a bad leader, nor was it because he didn't care about his people. You see, corruption is so deeply rooted in our society that any attempt to fight it will meet systemic and human oppositions. Civil servants and politicians benefit massively from the flaws of the Nigerian system; over the years, they have instituted defense mechanisms against anyone that may attempt to break their evil trade.

But PO didn't fail as governor. In the face of all these, he delivered his state and left clean.

The Current Situation

PO is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party. His candidacy has now spread like a wildfire. One would expect that the two political parties will prioritize each other and ignore the so-called small parties. This is hardly the case today. We're seeing a situation where both forces attack LP like it's the most frightening threat to them. Recall that this party was once tagged as "mushroom." Why would "giant parties" stoop so low to fight a mere insignificant mushroom party?

The Pathway

I remember when PO, his team, and the entire manpower of the LP started this movement. Many didn't believe that they'd make any progress. I recall when PO was touring the world, holding interactive sessions, delivering lectures, granting interviews, and all. Many said that the LP and its members should wait for the campaigns to start and that they will not match the two big parties. I recall when some wrote that in the north, no one will support PO's candidacy. I read all of these things here on Nairaland.

Let me attempt to see the situation through PO's eyes. Maybe the momentum of the two big parties compared to the LP may have troubled him. Maybe the fact that his team may not have funds in the tones of what PDP and APC may have also worried him. After all, our culture monetizes voting.

But did these worries intimidate him? I guess we all know the answer.

Action

So, what did PO, his team, and the entire LP do? Work! Nothing else. While they kept attacking him, he continued working. Reno Omokri was almost always on Twitter, throwing jabs at him. I don't recall if PO ever replied to any. He kept on working. He considers himself an applicant for a job, and he said wherever he's invited for an interview, he will be there.

Many people cried that his ambition is impossible. This, of course, did not deter him. He continued to be everywhere at the same time, online and offline. His interviews are captivating, and his knowledge of politics and economics is overwhelming. He is apart from the other candidates. With each interview, he wins new followers from all corners of Nigeria. The battle is not won yet, true, but his progress is worthy of celebration.

The Lessons

We all have ambitions, very great ambitions. Maybe we should rewind our lives to the days we were very young. Some of us wanted to be pilots, astronomers, medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, and all. Some of us wanted to own great companies, massive businesses, etc. How many of us have achieved these dreams?

If I administer a questionnaire probing the reasons some of us may have failed to achieve the ambitions we created for ourselves, the reasons may not be far from finances, lack of parental support, lack of the right opportunities, etc. But are these reasons enough, really? For example, if you don't have the money to go to school, do you have the basic requirements to gain admission at least (complete WASSC and a working brain)? Have you exploited scholarship opportunities that are all over the place? If money is your problem, have you maximized the numerous money-making opportunities online? Or, do you spend all your time online seeking entertainment and being rude to others?

If your problem is the time you may have lost, does time really matter? Does it matter if you're going to school in your fifties? It really does not matter as far as your ambition lies in the four walls of that school. All you need to do is to work, just like PO. Sit down and read your books. Get off the internet and learn some skills. Go to YouTube and get some new knowledge. Go to the market and learn your desired trade. Go and start working. Escape the intimidations of your failures and lacks. Be deaf to the voices of your opposition and doubters. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is impossible as far as there is life.

Conclusion

We are all seeing how PO is turning an impossible situation into a gigantic, unbelievable miracle. Whether he wins or not, he has passed a message to you and me. What we do with this message is left to us.

Have a nice day.

Cc: Seun, OAM4J, Mynd44, nlfpmod

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by Guyman01: 10:27am On Jan 29, 2023
I will simply do my part by voting for PO whether he wins or not is left for Nigerians to decide if they prefer mediocrity or meritocracy.

Just like in 2015 when I warned people about Buhari even on this platform not to be carried away by the hype packaged by Tinubu with support from Obama, I simply voted for the lesser evil and prepared my mind ahead for hard time and that way the impact of expected failures will be less on me and it happened that way.

Those who were passionately supporting a repackaged tyrant have lamented for the past 7 years, whilst my situation is not where I expected to be but I was already prepared ahead for it and I have even financially assisted many who disagreed vehemently with me then and chose the path they wanted.

The same thing could happen again and I have begun warning the same people about voting for Octogenarians and I am preparing my mind again ahead of time if they decide to follow the same path of 2015 and 2019 na them go hear am tatatatata as Gov Yahaya Bello will say🫠

PO is not the ultimate but will surely create a new pathway for Nigerian youths to start participating in governance and get closer to their opinions and ideas being heard and like Obasanjo and Aisha Yesufu and Anambra State indigenes have said he is always reachable to be held accountable.

I have seen PO hold meetings with class monitors in Anambra without their teachers around to intimidate them and they directly tell him their challenges before you Know their schools are receiving buses🚌 computers🖥 boreholes etc.

During the Live AY show with PO I was happy seeing that elderly woman Mama H O scolding PO for failures of politicians and the bad situation the country is facing and he responded to her calmly, that's participatory democracy and I know PO will continue in that line if elected.

I don talk my own, we can allow tribalism and religious sentiments to ruin us na all of us go suffer am.

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by ShoeWorld2(m): 10:29am On Jan 29, 2023
Even though Peter Obi is from my side, I still have one aspect of him I don't like. So who I'm supporting is still open till Election Day.








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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by bender79: 10:32am On Jan 29, 2023
PO is a correct man

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by TONYE001(m): 10:35am On Jan 29, 2023
ShoeWorld2:
Even though Peter Obi is from my side, I still have one aspect of him I don't like. So who I'm supporting is still open till Election Day.








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Honestly, that is the beauty of democracy. We all should make sure we are voting people we believe in, we shouldn't be forced or coerced. Please, take your time, do your studies, and make your choice. While I hope you vote for him, I really do not mind whether you do or not.

Politics shouldn't be a do-or-die affair. We can't break bonds of friendship because of politicians. Civility demands that we respect the choices of others.

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by bewla(m): 10:38am On Jan 29, 2023
This pure back stab
Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by cells2k(m): 10:39am On Jan 29, 2023
Obi to deliver Nigeria

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by Heffalump(m): 10:40am On Jan 29, 2023
Obi remains the undisputed best candidate for this election and will surely win.

People should be reminded the antics of APC to cause over voting in LP's strong holds. The drama in Osun is an eye opener. A desperate politician can set his opponent up by causing over voting in polling units he can't win or manipulating the BVAS. This machine is still operated by humans.

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by hisgrace090: 10:49am On Jan 29, 2023
Peter obi stand for the good of the masses likewise the note redesigned.
We pray for more of people oriented moves in Nigeria.
Fear our present politicians they're too self centered.
Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by Eriokanmi: 10:51am On Jan 29, 2023
Culling from your post.....


The Lessons

We all have ambitions, very great ambitions. Maybe we should rewind our lives to the days we were very young. Some of us wanted to be pilots, astronomers, medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, and all. Some of us wanted to own great companies, massive businesses, etc. How many of us have achieved these dreams?


That's one of a thousand reasons I'm supporting Obi. He's not from my tribe but he's the hope of the common man. Those politicians many are supporting today don't care about their followers wellbeing or future. Some are following them based on tribal and/or religous sentiments. There are many alfas who are wearing rags today as a result of their bad choices. Likewise, some Christians are wallowing in poverty today because of he's from my faith/tribe and I'd support him mentality. Poverty doesn't recognise tribe or religion. Some of us were only so lucky to be recognised today else, we'd have been singing same song. I thank God.

In countries where people imbibe merits in choosing a leader, whatever you have set to become, regardless of your nationality or ethnicity, is what you'd become, except you're changing your mind. Come to lagos and see how cliques rule. They've formed a queue right from the LG to the senate. No child of a common man would be allowed to near that queue except you belong to them or someone brings you. I only know of lagos cos that's where I live, work and belong. Same applies in other states.

Only Peter Obi can break this barrier that has plagued millions of Nigeriams for ages . They called you leaders of tomorrow but looking at the mirror today, grey hair is spotted in your hair and beards. The so-called leaders have mortgaged your life forever. It's time you set yourself free. Until you're freed, you'd not realize how much damage these people have caused your life as an individual. God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by TONYE001(m): 10:56am On Jan 29, 2023
Eriokanmi:
Culling from.your post.....


The Lessons

We all have ambitions, very great ambitions. Maybe we should rewind our lives to the days we were very young. Some of us wanted to be pilots, astronomers, medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, and all. Some of us wanted to own great companies, massive businesses, etc. How many of us have achieved these dreams?


That's one of a thousand reasons I'm supporting Obi. He's not from my tribe but he's the hope of the common man. Those politicians many are supporting today don't care about their followers wellbeing or future. Some are following them based on tribal and/or religous sentiments. There are many alfas who are wearing rags today as a result of their bad choices. Likewise, some Christians are wallowing in poverty today because of he's from my faith/tribe and I'd support him mentality. Poverty doesn't recognise tribe or religion. Some of us were only so lucky to be recognised today else, we'd have been singing same song. I thank God.

In countries where people imbibe merits in choosing a leader, whatever you have set to become, regardless of your nationality or ethnicity, is what you'd become, except you're changing your mind. Come to lagos and see how cliques rule. They've formed a queue right from the LG to the senate. No child of a common man would be allowed to near that queue except you belong to them or someone brings you. I only know of lagos cos that's where I live, work and belong. Same applies in other states.

Only Peter Obi can break this barrier that has plagued millions of Nigeriams for ages . They called you leaders of tomorrow but looking at the mirror today, grey hair is spotted in your hair and beards. The so-called leaders have mortgaged your life forever. It's time you set yourself free. Until you're freed, you'd not realize how much damage these people have caused your life as an individual. God bless Nigeria.

This is well written!

Religion and tribalism have really messed us up. Thing is, we don't even know. How can a prisoner be freed if he doesn't know/believe that he's in a prison??

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by Godfullsam(m): 11:00am On Jan 29, 2023
I will vote for SDP presidential candidate. He is the only presidential candidate I can trust with my vote.

I don't care if I am the only one that will vote him.
Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by TONYE001(m): 12:14pm On Jan 29, 2023
Godfullsam:
I will vote for SDP presidential candidate. He is the only presidential candidate I can trust with my vote.

I don't care if I am the only one that will vote him.

While it's very OK to vote whoever you want to, I'd like to point out that this is not actually a campaign post. I only thought of sharing some learnable lessons from PO's journey so far. I hope someone out there gets inspired.

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Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by yarimo(m): 12:30pm On Jan 29, 2023
TONYE001:
Beyond politics, there is a thing or two we all can learn from Peter Obi's candidacy.

A Recap

Recall that PO was the governor of Anambra State for 8 years. During his tenure, he had all sorts of oppositions from the State House of Assembly to the common men on the street. This is not because he was a bad leader, nor was it because he didn't care about his people. You see, corruption is so deeply rooted in our society that any attempt to fight it will meet systemic and human oppositions. Civil servants and politicians benefit massively from the flaws of the Nigerian system; over the years, they have instituted defense mechanisms against anyone that may attempt to break their evil trade.

But PO didn't fail as governor. In the face of all these, he delivered his state and left clean.

The Current Situation

PO is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party. His candidacy has now spread like a wildfire. One would expect that the two political parties will prioritize each other and ignore the so-called small parties. This is hardly the case today. We're seeing a situation where both forces attack LP like it's the most frightening threat to them. Recall that this party was once tagged as "mushroom." Why would "giant parties" stoop so low to fight a mere insignificant mushroom party?

The Pathway

I remember when PO, his team, and the entire manpower of the LP started this movement. Many didn't believe that they'd make any progress. I recall when PO was touring the world, holding interactive sessions, delivering lectures, granting interviews, and all. Many said that the LP and its members should wait for the campaigns to start and that they will not match the two big parties. I recall when some wrote that in the north, no one will support PO's candidacy. I read all of these things here on Nairaland.

Let me attempt to see the situation through PO's eyes. Maybe the momentum of the two big parties compared to the LP may have troubled him. Maybe the fact that his team may not have funds in the tones of what PDP and APC may have also worried him. After all, our culture monetizes voting.

But did these worries intimidate him? I guess we all know the answer.

Action

So, what did PO, his team, and the entire LP do? Work! Nothing else. While they kept attacking him, he continued working. Reno Omokri was almost always on Twitter, throwing jabs at him. I don't recall if PO ever replied to any. He kept on working. He considers himself an applicant for a job, and he said wherever he's invited for an interview, he will be there.

Many people cried that his ambition is impossible. This, of course, did not deter him. He continued to be everywhere at the same time, online and offline. His interviews are captivating, and his knowledge of politics and economics is overwhelming. He is apart from the other candidates. With each interview, he wins new followers from all corners of Nigeria. The battle is not won yet, true, but his progress is worthy of celebration.

The Lessons

We all have ambitions, very great ambitions. Maybe we should rewind our lives to the days we were very young. Some of us wanted to be pilots, astronomers, medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, and all. Some of us wanted to own great companies, massive businesses, etc. How many of us have achieved these dreams?

If I administer a questionnaire probing the reasons some of us may have failed to achieve the ambitions we created for ourselves, the reasons may not be far from finances, lack of parental support, lack of the right opportunities, etc. But are these reasons enough, really? For example, if you don't have the money to go to school, do you have the basic requirements to gain admission at least (complete WASSC and a working brain)? Have you exploited scholarship opportunities that are all over the place? If money is your problem, have you maximized the numerous money-making opportunities online? Or, do you spend all your time online seeking entertainment and being rude to others?

If your problem is the time you may have lost, does time really matter? Does it matter if you're going to school in your fifties? It really does not matter as far as your ambition lies in the four walls of that school. All you need to do is to work, just like PO. Sit down and read your books. Get off the internet and learn some skills. Go to YouTube and get some new knowledge. Go to the market and learn your desired trade. Go and start working. Escape the intimidations of your failures and lacks. Be deaf to the voices of your opposition and doubters. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is impossible as far as there is life.

Conclusion

We are all seeing how PO is turning an impossible situation into a gigantic, unbelievable miracle. Whether he wins or not, he has passed a message to you and me. What we do with this message is left to us.

Have a nice day.

Cc: Seun, OAM4J, Mynd44
op don't forget to add this one

Re: Peter Obi's Candidacy: The Lessons And Motivations For The Common Man. by TONYE001(m): 1:37pm On Jan 29, 2023
I just found this video on YouTube. Exactly what is written in the original post of this thread.

What a coincidence!

https://m.youtube.com/shorts/H5SNlz6kKM4

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