2023: Reject their filthy money, take back your country, Peter Obi group urges Nigerians

The Peter Obi Support Network has advised Deltans and indeed all Nigerians to reject the filthy money being offered them by money bag politicians, and take back Nigeria in 2023.

The support group, while promoting the ideals being espoused by the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, made the appeal in Asaba, Delta State capital, during a summit on “Developing Grassroots Structures for Effective People Oriented Democracy” as part of their voter education and sensitization efforts ahead the 2023 poll.

The summit, planned to coincide with the free medical outreach by its cooperating partners under the aegis of Diaspora Medics 4 Good Governance (DM4GG) and Doctors for Peter Obi (D4PO), called on the electorate to reject and subtly resist every form of inducement, vote-buying/manipulation, and electoral insincerity, to be able to hold their ground effectively while protecting their votes.

In her keynote address, the POSN Global Coordinator, Augusta Nneka, went down memory lane of the emergence of the Network in early May shortly after Obi declared interest in the 2023 presidential race.

She disclosed that they already have more than six thousand, seven hundred coordinators nationwide (6700). And that POSN exists in every ward, hamlet and family in Nigeria so far.

She, therefore, saw as a defeatist disused political argument by the ragtag band of opposition claiming that Obi and Labour Party lack ‘structure’, whatever that means.

According to the Global Coordinator, “…we are starting Sponsor-your-ward campaign, particularly our people in the diaspora who are not physically present.”

The Asaba summit, coming after that of Kaduna and the Middle Belt, was geared towards sensitizing and training coordinators, other leaders and unit heads to enable them train electorate to recognize LP symbol, how to vote and protect their votes.

In his lecture, Prof Pat Utomi, who spoke on ‘Developing Grassroots Structures for Effective People Oriented Democracy’, admitted that he had never witnessed this tornado-like political movement called Peter Obi Support network, otherwise called “Obidients”.

“People volunteer to come out, print fliers, t-shirts, banners, etc on their own.

Utomi, represented by the Delta State Chairman of LP Tony Ezeagwu, noted it is the first time Nigerians would do this and it catches like wildfire in harmattan.

He admitted that “this stands out candidate Peter Obi as unique, same for the party and its symbol, that mark us out as human/people oriented.”

Other speakers including Capt. Augustine Okon, raised issues to watch out for before, during and immediately after casting their votes, to ensure that no one manipulated any part of the voting and collating process.

These include- “Endeavour to register in Labour Party same way we did PVC.”

“Labour Party is the container, and the labour movement is the precious liquid content…

“Establish LP in all wards
Labour pledge… on my honour.

“Mobilize workers, farmers, self-employed.
artistes, comedians, teachers, unions, churches, actors, acting out a simple message.
We no de give …We no de take poverty.

“The other parties boast about having structures and labour not having structures. They are not kidding. They are talking about the structures of corruption, which is vote-buying and voter intimidation. They are serious about it and they intend to deploy these forces in the coming election. We must prepare and have counter-measures against them.”

Participants were drawn from Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Cross River, Rivers and Imo states.

Others were from Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom states.

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