When officials of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Labour Party (LP) get to meet during the week in a place yet to be conveyed to officials across the country, they may take some time to feel the impact of the good fortune that the trending ‘Obidient Movement’ has thrown the way of the once virtually non-existent party, since the defection of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, the first governor on the platform of the party for two terms, in 2017 to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The ‘Obidient’ Movement, named after the presidential candidate of the LP, Peter Obi, is the ongoing youth-driven group that is determined to leverage the polish public image of the former Governor of Anambra State, to create a third alternative in the 2023 general poll to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition PDP, perceived to have brought governance to its poorest state in Nigeria since the return of civil rule in 1999.
The PDP governed the country for 16 of those preceding 23 years, while the APC has held forte for seven years since 2015.
“We have to create the platform for the next President of Nigeria, using the Labour Party,” a clearly happy Chairman of the party in Kwara State, Chief Kehinde Rotimi, told THEWILL at the weekend.
“Campaign has not started yet, but the overwhelming support we are getting from many support groups and coalitions, such as Take Nigeria Back, Obi Coalition, Nigeria Youth Council, cultural and Diaspora groups, name them, has been encouraging. That is why the national exco is scheduling a meeting next week, though we are yet to be told the place and date.”
Although the party has been meeting online since the emergence of Obi as its presidential candidate at a convention held in Asaba in June, its first NEC meeting in a long time next week will afford officials the chance to develop a programmatic way forward, according to the Chairman of the party in Edo State, Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi, in a brief interview with this newspaper on Friday.