Some supporters of the Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, held a rally in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra state, on Sunday.
Young men and women, dressed in white polo shirts with Obi’s photo and inscription from his party, gathered on Zik Avenue around 11:30 a.m., from where they moved to other parts of the city.
The group held banners with various inscriptions in support of Obi and marched peacefully along most streets, ending at Chinua Achebe’s Stadium, Fegge, Onitsha.
Addressing supporters, the organizer of the rally, Mr Chibuike Akpotue, said: “We want to show the world that Obi has our support, he was born in Onitsha, he grew up in Onitsha, his businesses are here. So today we decided to show him solidarity because we were told that he has no structure, we want to tell them that we are his structure.
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“This is not about the Labor Party. Most importantly, we want someone who can change the economy of this country. Since graduating, I couldn’t find a job and went into business, which isn’t a bad idea.
“We know how much it cost us to load one truck in 2010 and what it costs now. We know how much it costs us to support our families before 2015 and what it costs us now. So no one can say that the economy is comfortable for him.
“We are looking for a person who can change the economy of this country forever and not a party. Check out Obi’s record as governor of Anambra, you’ll see that he is the only governor to serve eight years and yet never had any issues with the EFCC and he goes out unescorted.”
Stand online gathered that the groups labeled the rally, ‘Onitsha mega rally: the mother of all rallies’ caused a stalemate with many motorists diverting to other routes as supporters chanted Obi’s praises during the long trek.
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