Former Senator Rilwan Akanbi, who previously represented Oyo South Senatorial District, has voiced his concerns about the behavior of Peter Obi’s supporters, known as the Obidients. In a surprising twist, Akanbi suggests that their actions are hindering rather than aiding Obi. He commended Obi’s performance in the 2023 presidential election, recognizing him as a potential game changer who could reshape the country’s political landscape.
Akanbi stated that Obi’s recent remarks and conduct have made him the subject of ridicule, and his supporters are exacerbating the situation. A prominent member of the All Progressives Congress, Akanbi believes that Obi should learn from his political rival, Atiku Abubakar, who, despite finishing second in the presidential race, has maintained a composed demeanor while pursuing his case at the election petition tribunal.
Akanbi emphasized, “The increasing wildness and abusive nature of the Obidients will not assist Mr. Peter Obi or further his cause. If political prudence is not exercised, it could also harm his future political prospects. Peter Obi should carefully observe how Atiku Abubakar, a seasoned politician, and many of his supporters who finished second in the race, are handling the post-election process.”
This statement from the former lawmaker highlights the potential consequences of unchecked aggression and advises Obi to adopt a more measured approach, drawing inspiration from Atiku’s composed behavior amid the ongoing political and judicial proceedings.