Supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Sunday stormed Onitsha, Anambra state to charge his ambition to become president of Nigeria come 2023.
The rally started at about 11:30 am at Zik’s avenue they sang songs in praise of Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti, and terminated the rally at the Chinua Achebe’s Stadium, Fegge, Onitsha.
The march caused gridlock with many motorists diverting to other routes. The supporters mainly youths sang, ‘Obi, Obi, Obi’ and danced all through.
Addressing the supporters, the convener, Mr Chibuike Akpotue, said the event was not mainly about the Labour Party but about who can lead the country out of its current poor state.
He said, “We just want to show the world that Obi has our support, he was born in Onitsha, he grew up in Onitsha, and his businesses are here. So, we decided today to show him solidarity because we were told he does not have structure, we want to tell them we are his structure.
“This is not about Labour Party. The most important thing is that we want someone that can change the economy of this country. Since I graduated, I did not find any job to do and I went into business, which is not a bad idea.
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We know the amount it costs us to load one truck in 2010 and the amount it is now. We know the amount it costs us for the upkeep of our families before 2015 and the amount it is now. So, no one can say that the economy is comfortable for him.
We are looking for a person that can turn around the economy of this country for good and not a party. Check out Obi’s record as Anambra governor, you will see that he is the only governor that served eight years and yet never had any issue with the EFCC and he goes out without any escort.”
The Director of Programmes, Peter Obi PVC Vanguard, Godian Obasi, called on Nigerians to prepare to make a change that will reposition the future direction of the country.
Obasi also told the supporters not to just go out and vote on the election day but they should stay back and guide their votes to ensure the right thing was done.
“What we are doing here today is also to enlighten the people on the importance of the 2023 elections in the life of our country and why they must come out to vote, unlike in the past.”