Abuja was agog on Saturday as Supporters of Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, and his running mate Ahmed Datti who are known as ‘Obidients’ stormed Abuja as they marched through the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in a show of number and solidarity with the former Anambra State Governor’s presidential ambition.
Coalition of Support Groups and their members walked kilometres covering Unity Fountain in the Central Business District, to beyond the City Gate along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road bearing banners of Labour party and their presidential candidate as well as his running mate.
“They resolved to stop the ambition of the oligarchs and rescue Nigeria to wisely vote in 2023 saying the ambition of the old war horses is state capture for family and friends adding that their Strategy is to build ‘structures’ for vote buying and rigging.‘
Labour Party’s National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure speaking on the Labour Movement rallies across Nigeria said the rallies are not surprising, it is because the Labour Party has a people oriented candidate that will work for the people and that will effectively serve the interest of the party.
“Of course, the people must own the process, the people will fund the process because they say he who plays the pipe dictates the tune. And therefore the people are the owners of the party and that is why they are funding these activities.
“People are contributing money, N1000, N10,000 and so on to carry out rallies for themselves. People are donating their buildings and the people of Nigeria are gradually owning the Labour Party.
“And of course, you know that the Labour Party is a party for the poor, the artisans, students, market women, the down trodden, civil servants, hewers of wood and fetches of water and the ordinary man in the street. They own the party and they form more that 90 percent of Nigerians.”
He said when campaigns proper starts, people campaigning for the party.
“All these movements and activities you are seeing all over, Labour Party has no contribution to it. The people are mobilising themselves, they print the logo of the party themselves, they print campaign materials from their pockets and they are driving the process of the campaign by themselves and that is what we are seeing.
The people are now asking questions about how they are being ruled, they want to sack the looters, they want to change the status quo.
They want to put an end to activities of some people who have stolen from the common purse. The people have always been at the recieving end, but all those scenario are about to change. The party is the voice of the voiceless, and that is what you see in those rallies, that is what is replicated all over the nation.
“So Labour Party is changing the political narratives in Nigeria. This is the first time it is happening. God on our side, knowing that the voice of the people is the voice of God, the destiny of the people is now in their hands.”