Peter Obi Pays Surprise Visit to Southern Borno, Makes History
- Peter Obi made a historical visit to the Southern Borno region as part of his presidential campaign tour
- Labour Party officials say Peter Obi is the first presidential candidate to visit the insurgency-ravaged region
- Obi, a former governor of Anambra state received a rousing welcome from the people of the area who came out to catch a glimpse of him
FCT, Abuja - As part of his campaign to become Nigeria's next president, Peter Obi, presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), made a surprise visit to Biu Emirate, the Southern part of Borno state.
Officials of the LP say Obi is the first Nigerian presidential candidate to visit the insurgency-ravaged region.
Photos and videos posted on social media by LP supporters show there was wild jubilation and shock from the natives of Southern Borno when they saw Obi.
In his speech sent to Legit.ng by LP's Olusegun Dosunmu, Obi promised to alleviate the sufferings and wipe the tears of the people of Southern Borno.
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He was quoted as saying;
“I am one of you and feel your plight. I know that you are all hardworking and want to go back to your farms. I am giving you my word that this insecurity issue will be a thing of the past in my administration and I will ensure that my government gives you the best of life.”
Obi was in company of his running mate, Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed; LP national chairman, Julius Abure; LP governorship candidate in Borno, Captain Ibrahim Mshelia and the coordinator of the event who is the deputy national campaign manager, Isaac Balami among others.
Also speaking, Captain Mshelia a native of Hawul local government in Southern Borno assured the crowd that if he is elected as governor and Obi as president, security will be restored and economic activities in Borno state will improve.
He concluded that as a son of the soil, he will not disappoint the people of Borno.
On his part, Balami, who is also the senior special adviser on presidential campaign matters, fundraising and grassroot mobilization to the Labour party national chairman, said he is happy that Nigerians are working hard to enthrone the Obi/Datti mandate.
Balami, a native of Southern Borno said;
“Borno people love Obi and need him. My people have long rejected the politics of religion and ethnicity that our leaders used in the past and are now embracing competence and capacity. You can see that from the surprise visit today.
“Even with the short notice of his visit, the moment he landed and they knew he was in town, they swam to him like bees. Peter Obi is the only presidential candidate that has this messianic aura woven around him and he is the man to beat at the presidential polls.”
2023 elections: 'Peter Obi not known in Zamfara, Gombe, others,' says Ekere
Recall that All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the 2019 election in Akwa Ibom state, Obong Nsima Ekere, recently declared that Obi is not popular in northern Nigeria.
Ekere, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state and former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, made the comment during an interview with a natio0nal newspaper newspaper.
According to him, Obi is popular on social media, adding that his ambition does not threaten that of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Elections: 'Peter Obi better than other candidates,' Obasanjo insists
Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Obi is better than other candidates in Nigeria's forthcoming presidential election.
Obasanjo made the comment on Thursday, January 19, 2023, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, while featuring in an interactive session.
The former president had, in a New Year message, titled 'My appeal to all Nigerians, particularly young Nigerians', expressed his support for Obi.