Thousands of Obi’s supporters for Labour Party also known as Obi-dients, shut down Asaba, the Delta State capital on Saturday, during a rally to drum support for its 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The rally, tagged: “One million-man march for Peter Obi,” took Asaba by storm as the supporters marched on major roads.
The rally coincided with the nation’s 62nd independence anniversary.
All major roads in Asaba witnessed gridlocks, motorists and other road users groaned over the traffic jam.
The crowd of Obi’s supporters marched along the popular Nnebisi Road in the heart of the town down to the Inter-bua roundabout, chanting solidarity songs in support of Obi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Labour party supporters, mainly youths, were drawn from across the 25 LGAs of the state.
A supporter, Festus Edomoro, told NAN that he came all the way from the riverine community of Patani to participate in the rally meant to draw support for Obi’s 2023 presidential bid.
More comments from some of Obi’s supporters
Edomoro said: “We are here today to draw support for our candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.
“He is the new hope for a better Nigeria.
“I came all the way from Patani to be part of this mega rally and I am happy to be here.
“I desire a new Nigeria, and Obi is the face of a new Nigeria.”
A commercial motorist Chiedu Okoh, who took part in the rally, told NAN that he was confident of the victory of Obi at the poll.
Okoh said: “I abandoned my daily ‘hustling’ today to be part of this rally.
“As you can see, everyone is yearning for Obi.
“So I can’t be different.
“As a nation, Nigeria has come a long way and this is the time for us to make a choice.
Obi is our choice out of those jostling to be president.
“You can see for yourself that Nigerians are tired of the old politicians.
“This is the time for a change and Obi represents the change.”