By Ikeugonna Eleke
Supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, last Sunday held a rally in the commercial city of Onitsha in Anambra State, shutting down most streets in the city.
Young men and women donning white polo shirts with Obi’s picture and inscription of his party started gathering along Zik’s Avenue at around 11:30am from where they moved to other parts of the town.
The group held banners with several inscriptions, supporting Obi and marched peacefully along most streets, terminating at the Chinua Achebe Stadium, Fegge, Onitsha.
The convener of the rally, Mr Chibuike Akpotue, who addressed supporters, said, ‘We just want to show the world that Obi has our support. He was born in Onitsha and he grew up in Onitsha. His businesses are here. So we decided today to show him solidarity because we were told he does not have structure. We want to tell them we are his structure.
‘This is not about Labour Party. The most important thing is that we want someone that can change the economy of this country. Since I graduated, I have not found any job to do and I went into business which is not a bad idea.
‘We know the amount it costs us to load one truck in 2010 and the amount it is costing now. We know the amount it costs us for the upkeep of our families before 2015 and the amount it is costing us now. So, no one can say that the economy is comfortable for him.
‘We are looking for a person that can turn around the economy of this country for good and not a party. Check out Obi’s record as Anambra governor, you will see that he is the only governor that served eight years and yet never had any issue with the EFCC and he goes about without any escort.’
The rally by the groups, tagged, ‘’Onitsha Mega Rally: The Mother of all Rallies”, caused a gridlock with many motorists diverting to other routes as the supporters sang Obi’s praise during the long walk.