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Obidients Hold ‘One-Million’ March In Portharcourt, Auchi, Makurdi, Afikpo

Members of Nigeria’s two main parties, APC and PDP, who have been mocking the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi that he lacks “structure” needed to win election, must be stunned with the ‘one-millon’ march held in Port-Harcourt, Auchi, Makurdi and Afikpo by his supporters on Saturday.

The Port-Harcourt Obidient crowd, which was chirstened ‘two-million march’ was particularly larger than others.

In the Rivers State capital, the Obidients defied heavy downpour to march for a “New Nigeria” of their dreams, where modest dreams could be realized.

They marched from Eleme to Isaac Boro park, suspending vehicular traffic in the process.

The group was ultimately addressed by Nollywood actress, Hilda Dokubo, who repeated the ‘Obi-dient’ slogan of ‘We no dey give shishi, we no dey collect shishi’, to the excitement of the crowd.

The case was the same in Auchi, Afikpo and Makurdi, where thousands of people trooped to the street to show their support for Peter, who his opponents say is only popular on Social media.

Saturday’s events must have forclosed such dishonest opinions.

In Makurdi, the Benue state capital, one of the ‘Obi-dient’ leaders spoke on why they are mobilising support for Labour Party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“The aim of this one-million march is to create an awareness about Peter Obi. And also to create an awareness about the Labour Party logo,” the leader said. “A lot of people do not know what the Labour Party logo is.”

Interestingly, Mr. Obi was not even in the country. He watched what was going on from far-away Rome, where he had surfaced to attend the cardinalization of Ebere Okpaleke by Pope Francis. A night before, Obi was in Frankfurt Germany, where he spent at least five hours with Nigerians in Diaspora. This happened just few hours after his meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Nyesom Wike and his team in London.

“We are watching as Port Harcourt, Auchi, Makurdi and Afikpo move OBIdiently today, under the sun and in the rain,” Mr Obi tweeted from Rome, acknowledging the gigantic support.

“Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly are protected and must be respected by all. Our labours will never be in vain. I appreciate you all.”

Mr. Obi is expected to leave Rome on Sunday on his way to the United States, in continuation of his consultations with Nigerians in Diaspora.

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