The presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, is set to commence a tour of selected cities in the United States ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The tour themed ‘Good Governance: The Role of Nigeria’s Diaspora’, will hold between 28 August and 4 September 2022.
The cities the presidential candidate will be visiting include Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles, California; Houston, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington DC; Atlanta Georgia; and New York City.
According to the document of the schedule of events made available to The West African Pilot News, Obi’s first port of call and lectureship will be Ontario in Canada on Sunday, 28 August, where he will speak on ‘The Positive Impact of Nigeria’s Diaspora on our Growth and Development’ in a town hall meeting.
This will be followed by an interview with Nigerian journalist and political satirist, Adeola Fayehun, and a dinner lecture on the topic, ‘Role of Nigeria’s Diaspora in the Civic Leadership in the Country’ on Monday, 29 August in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Obi will have another dinner lecture that borders on the ‘Active Engagement of Nigeria’s Diaspora on Civil Leadership’ with Nigerians in Houston, Texas on 30 August.
On 31 August, Chido Nwangwu, publisher of USAfrica will have a one-on-one interview with the former Anambra governor, which will be followed by a breakfast tagged, ‘Rebuilding Nigeria is our Collective Responsibility.
After the breakfast, he will depart for Charlotte, North Carolina for a town hall meeting, themed: ‘Role of an Active Diaspora in Nigeria’s Economic Development”, which will hold between 6:00pm and 10:00pm the same day.
Mr. Obi will be in Washington DC on 1 September for an economic roundtable at the US Chamber of Commerce, a town hall meeting at the Howard University School of Business Auditorium, and a dinner reception at Swahili Village.
On Friday, 2 September, he will have a breakfast lecture at Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC after which he would leave for Atlanta, Georgia.
At Atlanta, Mr. Obi will be the guest speaker in a town hall meeting tagged, ‘Rebuilding Nigeria’s Economy’; and the following day, 3 September, he will have a virtual media chat with CNN‘s Zane Asher.
Finally, on 4 September, New York City will host him in a four-hour town hall meeting, which has been themed ‘Afro Economics and Government Policy: A Conversation with Peter Obi’.
Meanwhile, The West African Pilot gathered that the frontline presidential candidate had already jetted off for the US on Thursday.
A tweet announcing his trip read, “En route to the U.S.A, I’ll make a pit stop in Germany to interact with Nigerians in Germany.
“I hold Nigerians in Diaspora in very high esteem; they represent the core of our human development capital and contribute immensely to nation building via remittances and technical knowledge transfer.
“My present outing will take me to Germany, Italy, Canada & the U.S.A. I look forward to the very constructive engagements.”
It is likely that the trip is connected with the five-day events organised by Nigerians in Diaspora, US chapter.