A group of Nigerian professionals located in the United States of America, (USA) has pledged to mobilize at least one hundred thousand of its members to support Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.
The group ‘Naija We Can’ stated in Awka that the support they want to provide will be the first of its type in Nigeria since the beginning of the present democratic regime.
Mr. Conway Ekpo, a prominent FinTech attorney based in New York who serves on the Naija We Can board, characterized the organization as a well-focused political action committee whose mission is to seek the best for Nigeria.
Ekpo said: “Mr. Obi is the candidate electrifying young Nigerians and a powerful force ahead of Nigeria’s presidential election next February. He is energizing voters with messages of prudence and accountability that are amplified by an army of social media users.
“As part of a program to achieve the objective, Naija We Can recently partnered with Columbia University’s Africa Business Club and Black Law Students Association to host Mr. Obi in New York for what it called a ‘Conversation on Afro Economics & Government Policy.”
According to him, the event was held at the Midtown Hilton in the city and was attended by more than 15,100 people.
He stated that Naija We Can, a non-profit political group, focuses on good governance in Nigeria and aims to empower Nigerians in the diaspora to improve the country’s political and economic fortunes through campaign finance and quality leadership.
He expressed delight that Peter Obi has committed to allowing Nigerians in the diaspora to vote if he is elected president of Nigeria in February 2023, lamenting that despite legitimate calls for its implementation, Nigerians in the diaspora were denied the right to vote.
He was also ecstatic that Obi took to Twitter to thank ”Naija We Can” and Nigerians in the diaspora who are banking their hopes for a better Nigeria by supporting the Obi/Datti ticket.
Obi also encouraged his 2.4 million followers to effect the desired change by visiting the Naija We Can website, where they can make contributions ranging from $25 to $2500.
Mr. Nexus Sea, the founder of Naija We Can and a New York-based attorney, stated that with $20 billion in home remittances in 2021 alone, Nigerians in the diaspora generated roughly four times as much foreign direct investment to the country.
“Our goal is to help convert the diaspora’s economic power to political might by ensuring that Nigerians in the diaspora have a strong voice in selecting its leaders. Next year’s elections are critical and too important for us to sit on the sidelines,” Mr. Sea said.
Mr. Everest Njezi, a Texas-based board member, urged individuals to make big contributions in order to influence the outcome of next year’s elections.