Peter Obi faithfuls in Nasarawa State, on Saturday, held a one-million-man march to support the Labour Party presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 presidential race.
Totalling up to fifty-six groups from all thirteen local government areas in the Northern state, the groups marched from the College of Agriculture junction along Jos road to the u-turn linking the Lafia main market along Makurdi road. The supporters who turned out in their numbers also waved inscriptions showing their solidarity with Obi.
Coalition Secretary, Wilson Kingsley, explained that the Nasarawans decided to come together in expressing their stance, following the long-standing frustration with the All Progressives Congress-led government in both state and federal levels in Nigeria.
‘These one million supporters are those who belong to the registered 56 groups across the 13 LGAs of the state. We are not campaigning at the moment because the Independent National Electoral Commission have not given a go-ahead. What we are doing today is a march to declare our support for Mr. Peter Obi.
‘We are supporting him because we believe that he has the capacity and ability to take Nigeria to greater heights. We are tired of all the politicians who deceive us every election year, telling us that they will provide good governance but they never fulfill their promises.
‘The present government have completely failed the citizens. They promised to provide security and ensure stability for our economy but everyone can see what Nigeria has become. Everything in the market have increased in price but the salary of workers did not increase.
‘Our children have been at home for almost six months now because universities are on strike but our leaders are not bothered about the situation because their children do not attend Nigerian schools. We are really tired of bad governance, so we are ready to effect a positive change in the country in 2023 using our permanent voter cards,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Chairman of Labour Party, Alexander Emmanuel, touched on the need to orientate the people on the importance of choosing credible candidates for leadership positions in the 2023 elections. Emmanuel also expressed optimism on the chances of Peter Obi, when compared with other candidates vying for the presidency.
He then highlighted the suffering of residents in the state; due to bad governance by the current leaders, echoing the supporters’ readiness to vote for Labour Party candidates in 2023.
‘I accepted the request of the support groups to embark on this sensitisation rally because I want the people to understand the need why they should elect credible leaders into office in 2023, and it is also to prove a point to other political parties who always say that our supporters are only on the social media.
‘They usually say that our party do not have a structure but what I understand by the word structure, is the people. We are not worried about whatever they are saying because we have the people with us. In 2023, many of these bad leaders will be shocked because Nigerians are ready and waiting for them with their permanent voter cards,’ Emmanuel stated.
Amongst the support groups that turned out were Peter Obi Candidacy Movement, Women for Peter Obi, Peter Obi Support Network, Peter Obi Ambassadors, Like Minds for Peter Obi, TakeBackNaija, Nigeria Needs Peter Obi, Peter Obi movement for President, Associates of Peter Obi.