In excess of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day celebrations, Peter Obi’s Labour Party supporters descended in large numbers for their “Obidient” rally on Saturday around the nation and the United Kingdom.
Obidients, as Obi’s admirers are known, disregarded Nigeria’s flag in favor of LP-themed flags and attire while joyfully screaming Obi’s name in London and other Nigerian cities.
Obi’s supporters gathered in Lagos at Festac Town, Surulere, Ikeja, and Lekki and marched through the main thoroughfares.
Additionally, they disregarded the warnings of the Lagos State Police Command by marching through the Lekki toll gate in defiance of a police order prohibiting rallies there.
Due to orderly participant coordination, the rally that severely slowed down the impacted areas was generally nonviolent.
Few residents in Asaba, Delta state, attended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s independence day speech while Obi’s supporters marched from the Inter-bus roundabout along Nnbisi Road, shutting down the city’s commercial activity. The Obi supporters marched from the Effurum roundabout to the Warri City stadium, creating a similar sight in Warri.
With Obi solidarity marches taking place in no less than 25 different cities throughout Nigeria, Obi’s supporters demonstrated that the campaign goes beyond online talk.
Despite running on the platform of the comparatively unpopular Labour Party, Obi’s supporters believe that with their backing, he will easily defeat the candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.