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How Peter Obi's Invitation By Anti-Graft Agency, EFCC, Might Affect His 2023 Presidential Ambition

On the news today, the past governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, whose classified and unlawful offshore activities PREMIUM TIMES broadcasted in the ongoing Pandora Papers series has been invited for interrogation by the EFCC, Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency.

According to reports, this action is the first recognized action by any Nigerian law enforcement agency since PREMIUM TIMES began reporting powerful Nigerians entangled in offshore activities that were uncovered through the global Pandora Papers investigation. The presidency has proposed that Nigerians exposed in the allegations be investigated.

Sahara Reporters discovered that the EFCC transmitted the invitation to Mr. Obi during the week and he has been told to report at the agency’s Abuja headquarters on October 27 to front investigators.

Sources from different quarters individually explained that the invitation is about disclosures in the Pandora Papers report. 

The report revealed how Mr. Obi integrated offshore holdings, which he did not announce to the Code of Conduct Bureau when he performed as a governor and how he proceeded to oversee his Next International UK Limited 14 months after he became governor. In addition, he also went on to run a foreign account as a governor.

All these activities, which had been private until the Premium Times report, violated Nigeria’s laws on code of conduct for public officers. 

How Peter Obi's Invitation By The EFCC Might Affect His Presidential Ambition For 2023.

An offense like this that has to do with money laundering is not a minor one, and we can say for sure that Nigerians will not want to place the country in the hands of someone who while he was governor, misused public funds. This will to an extent affect his presidential ambition. 

One might ask if Peter Obi has any presidential ambition, well, the answer is yes.

Recall that the former governor of Anambra State, when reacting to the need for him to run for Presidency in the 2023 general elections, told Arise TV during an interview on ‘The Morning Show’ that he is only waiting for his party to agree on where to zone its presidential candidate to.

Obi asserted that he does not want to proclaim his presidential ambition before the PDP will decide on zoning the 2023 presidency, proclaiming his allegiance to the party. This simply means that, if the People's Democratic Party zones its presidency to South East as Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has been clamoring for, then he will declare his intentions to run for president.

With the magnitude of the case on Peter Obi's head, even if the PDP zones its presidency to South East he might not still win the ticket because PDP won't give its presidential ticket to someone who has an unresolved issue with EFCC, as that could alter the party's chances of winning the election.

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