- The sudden popularity of Peter Obi has been acknowledged by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state
- The Labour Party presidential candidate has been able to win over millions of young Nigerians with his issue-based campaign style
- Obaseki has warned the PDP and the ruling APC to be wary of the new set of political participants who call themselves 'Obidients'
Benin - Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has declared that Nigerians are no longer interested in the two top political parties in the country, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the governor, Nigerians are now in search of an alternative political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In a video that has now gone viral on social media, Obaeki said:
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“You can see that something is going on and we do not want this to be a trend. The future of our politics in this country is changing.
“I do not know whether you are closely watching what is going on; the level of disenchantment within the parties. I am sure in all of our homes now, we have so many people now who call themselves ‘Obidients’.
“I don’t know whether you have them in your house. Just ask them, ‘which party are you?’, they say ‘Obidients’; you understand. They do not want us; they are not talking about PDP or APC.
“They are looking for alternatives and they are many. You see all of them queuing for their PVCs now. They are not looking at the direction of PDP or APC now. They are looking for alternatives.
“If we do not curb this, if we do not make our party attractive, I do not know what will happen in the next elections.”
2023: Group says Peter Obi’s exit will cost PDP 15 million votes
In a related development, the Coalition for Peter Obi’s Presidential Aspiration has commended the former governor of Anambra state for dumping the PDP, saying the party has automatically lost about 15 million votes.
The organisation made its stance known in a statement on Thursday, May 26 issued after the official announcement of Obi’s defection from the PDP to Labour Party.
The group added that Obi, as a decent man, would not play the type of transactional politics going on in the PDP and that was why he was wise to have dumped the party.
2023: Group says Peter Obi’s presidency will end Biafra agitation
Meanwhile, the aegis of the Nigerian-American Coalition for Justice and Democracy, based in the United States of America, has said that Obi’s emergence as the country’s president in 2023, would end secession calls and a spate of insecurity, especially in the southeast.
The group, therefore, called on Nigerians to massively vote for Obi, whose personality and leadership quality the group described as rare in the Nigerian political space.
This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the group, Prof. Eddy Oparaoji, and seen by Legit.ng on Tuesday, June 7.