Supporters of Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, marched through Onitsha, Anambra on Sunday, today to register their support.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the supporters began the march, tagged “Obidients Mega Rally’’ after church services.
They started from the Godwin Achebe Stadium Fegge, and proceeded to Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Awka Road, causing traffic gridlocks in the process.
The marchers were dressed in white and black tee-shirts on which inscriptions such as “We no dey give shishi, we no dey collect shishi’’, “dem say we no get structure, na people be structure’’ were printed.
Convener of the rally, Mr Chibuike Akpotue, who addressed supporters said: “We just want to show the world that Obi has our support, he was born in Onitsha, he grew up in Onitsha, 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 the 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.
“We know the amount it cost us to load one truck in 2010 and the amount it is costing now. We know the amount it costs us for the upkeep of our families before 2015 and the amount it is costing us 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 groups tagged the rally, ‘Onitsha mega rally: The mother of all rallies’ caused a gridlock with many motorists diverting to other routes as the supporters sang Obi’s praise during the long trek.
Meanwhile, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party Vice presidential candidate was in Sokoto State yesterday for an event.
While there, he continued his consultations in Northern Nigeria, meeting with supporters of the party and candidates.