The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has observed that Nigerians are no longer interested in the two top political parties in the country — Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Party — and are in search of an alternative.
He noted that “I am sure in all of our homes now, we have so many people now who call themselves Obidients.”
‘Obidients’ are the followers of Dr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
Obaseki said this while speaking in an interview with African Independent Television on the just concluded Ekiti governorship election, adding that the future of politics in the country was changing.
In a video snippet posted on the verified Instagram page of the media mogul, Dele Momodu, the Edo governor said, “How can PDP, the party; not win? They were not even number two. So, you can see that something is going on and we do not want this to be a trend. The future of our politics in this country is changing.
“I do not know whether you are closely watching what is going on; the level of disenchantment within the parties. I am sure in all of our homes now, we have so many people now who call themselves ‘Obidients’.
“I don’t know whether you have them in your house. Just ask them, ‘which party are you?’, they say ‘Obidients’; you understand. They do not want us; they are not talking about PDP or APC. They are looking for alternatives and they are many. You see all of them queuing for their PVCs now. They are not looking at the direction of PDP or APC now. They are looking for alternatives.
“If we do not curb this, if we do not make our party attractive, I do not know what will happen in the next elections.”
After many years of historic misgovernance, there is a mass movement of young Nigerians and progressives in their attempt to ‘retake’ their country. And they see Peter Obi of the Labour Party as the face of the new Nigeria, due mainly to his reputed integrity, track record as governor in Anambra, and because as a successful enterpreneur, he is seen as a politician with the ability to create wealth.
Presently, over 50 percent of Nigerians youths are unemployed.