EXCLUSIVE: Why 2023 election is important for football – Imade Osarenkhoe

Bendel Insurance's Imade Osarenkhoe

NPFL EXCLUSIVE: Why 2023 election is important for football – Imade Osarenkhoe

Izuchukwu Akawor 06:00 - 25.02.2023

The Insurance forward believes electing the right candidate on Saturday will be important for football in the country.

Bendel Insurance forward Imade Osarenkhoe has described the Presidential election in Nigeria as an important process for football in the country.

Osarenkhoe spoke from his base in Benin ahead of Saturday when Nigerians will head to the poll to choose a new leader for the country as the current administration led by President Muhammad Buhari prepares to step down after eight years in power.

There are three front-runners led by Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling party, APC, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and the third force candidate, Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

Bola Tinubu is of the ruling party, APC.

All three front-runners and 15 others will vie for the number one position in the country to determine who becomes Nigeria's 16th President.

Nigeria decides 2023 is important for football

Ahead of the election tomorrow, Insurance superstar Osarenkhoe has added his voice as he prepares to join his compatriots to perform his civic right.

As reported by Pulse Sports, the three most popular candidates have promised to revive sports in the country if elected by Nigerians.

Atiku Abubakar leads the PDP to the ballot.

In an exclusive chat with the domestic desk of Pulse Sports Nigeria after his training on Friday evening, the Uniben graduate said that the choice of who becomes the next President is an important one as voting the right candidate could lead to an improvement in the game.

"This election has a huge impact because this is what we use to determine our next President who will pilot the affairs of the nation," Osarenkhoe told Pulse Sports Nigeria.

Peter Obi is the Labour Party candidate.

"If we elect the right candidate, the football sector will improve more and we, the players, will enjoy," he added.

Osarenkhoe in the NPFL 2023

The 22-year-old has been in superb form this season for the Benin Arsenal following their promotion to the top division at the end of last season.

Bendel Insurance's Imade Osarenkhoe has scored six goals this season.

Osarenkhoe has scored six goals in nine matches to fire the newly promoted outfit to the top of the table in Group B.

Insurance are seven points clear of their closest challengers Enyimba after taking 23 points from a possible 27.

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Osarenkhoe's Insurance, who are currently on break due to the elections, are the only side yet to lose a game this season in the NPFL.

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