The Independence Day celebration planned by Ifeanyi Okowa,the running mate of presidential candidate of People Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar turned out to be an embarassment for him as the March by the supporters of Peter Obi on Saturday overshadowed the event as massive crowd poured on to the streets in solidarity with the Labour Party flagbearer.
The one-million-man march embarked on by Obi supportes, popularly called Obidients, stunted the event put together to commemorate the independence day celebration and also provide Mr Okowa a platform to laud his achievements.
The large crowd of Obidients marched from the inter-bus roundabout along Nnebisi road, Asaba and they kept soaring as they locked down the state capital for over six hours.
Some of Obi’s supporters said the the turnout for the March exceeded their expectations.
One of them, who identified himself as James Iwenna, said what the group witnessed was more than a one-million-march.
He said, “We are having one-million-march in solidarity with Peter Obi but what we saw today is no longer one million. You see that the crowd here is about two million.
“Before now, we had to choose between two evils. But as it is now, we have Peter Obi over the two evils. In 2023, we the youths will massively vote for Obi.”
He was hopeful that the one-million-march would be translated into PVCs in Asaba, urging supporters to ensure they get their PVCs so their effort will not be in vain.
Meanwhile, scanty attendees witnessed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Independence Day celebration speech at Asaba.
Okowa, represented by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, said October 1960, will ever remain a memorable day in the lives of Nigerians, while urging the people not to forget the sacrifices of our leaders who fought for freedom.