Two groups campaigning for the election of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, under the aegis of Peter Obi Grassroots Movement, POGM, and the Obidient Across Parties Alliance, OAPA, Abia State chapter, have held a solidarity walk in Aba, Abia State, to boost support for the candidate.
It was a carnival of sorts as the groups who displayed a banner showing support for Obi and the PDP senatorial candidate for Abia South zone, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, marched from Azikiwe road to the Aba Sports Club where the Labour Party addressed support groups.
In an interview with journalists after the solidarity walk, leader of the Peter Obi Grassroots Movement, Comrade Chetachi Ikpe, explained that they are supporting Obi and Ikpeazu to emerge president and senator for Abia South zone, respectively
He stated that their choices are based on the track records of the candidates, describing them as leaders with milk of human kindness and goal-oriented servants of the people.
The Coordinator, Obidient Across Parties Alliance, Chief Ndubueze Obiakwata said that his group is not interested in the name of any political party but in the performance and track records of individual candidates.
Speaking at the event, Obi, lamented that Aba has lost its glory, Obi promised to return the city to the days of thriving commercial and manufacturing activities.
Insisting that the 2023 elections will make or mar the country and should not be based on ethnic 0r religious sentiments, the Labour presidential candidate tasked Nigerians to verify the track record of the presidential candidates and vote for the best to rescue the country.
“All I’m saying is that this election is an existential election for Nigeria. It is an election that will show if we are going forward or finished. It is not an election of tribe because every tribe in Nigeria is hungry. No tribe or religion buys bread cheaper than others. Every tribe is suffering Insecurity. Nobody should vote on any candidate on the basis of religion. Everybody is suffering. The election has nothing to do with tribe or religion. It is nobody’s turn. It is the turn of Nigerians to take back Nigeria.
“I didn’t come to Aba for a campaign, but I’m here to assure the residents of Aba that this journey we have embarked on would bring back the lost glory of the city of Aba. The Aba we know today is a ghost of what Aba is supposed to be. If you go around Nigeria, what the country has produced in the last twenty years is insecurity, poverty, suffering and all sorts of problems which I don’t need to tell you. Today, no Nigerian is secured to move around in any city of the country.”
He further assured that Nigeria can end the insecurity problem bedeviling the nation with the right political leadership, stressing that criminals cannot be more formidable than the government.