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Obi’s Supporters Flay Okowa for Negative Comment

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Supporters of former Anambra State governor and presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi, have attacked Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, for claiming that Obi lacked the competence to govern Nigeria.

Okowa, who is the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had in an interview on last Sunday, claimed that Obi lacked the necessary experience to govern a country like Nigeria, while rating his principal, Atiku, above the former governor.

But in responses from social media users, monitored by Fides, supporters of Obi claimed that Okowa was only supporting Atiku because they wanted to return and continue from where their party, PDP, stopped in 2015.

In a comment, a Facebook user, Blaise Itodo, said, ‘Thank you for your kind advice, we believe you, clap for yourself, but we shall remain OBIdient and YUSful in the coming elections.’

Another commentator, Abiodu Ayedun, said, ‘And all previous leaders with massive experience, including your boss, brought us to relegation by looting our resources.

‘All past governors, including your current self, have legalized day light stealing of state resources with all forms of pension and bogus exit allowances!

‘Only himself (Obi) has shown a tendency for natural justice and equitable distribution of resources. Please, to hell with your looting experiences!!’

Some of the respondents also questioned the experience of the past leaders and the present one in comparison to Obi’s experience.

Bamidele Sunday Adewole said, ‘Mr Governor, what’s the experience of those who have been there and the present occupier? What have we gained aside pains, suffering, looting, killings, kidnapping? Please go and face your party problems.’

Dickson Enoch Peter said, ‘Obi has suddenly become the nightmare of Nigerian politicians. Gradually, we – Obi’s Movement, are changing the narrative.

‘It shall come to pass that a miracle happens in Nigeria, come February 19th, by His grace.’

Supporters of Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti Ahmed-Baba, have long tagged themselves as ‘OBIdient and YUSful’ people.