By Ikeugonna Eleke
Supporters of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, have besieged a Facebook post by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to declare Obi as Nigeria’s incoming president.
In a post made on Tuesday, Alhaji Atiku wished Obi well on his 61st birthday.
He wrote, ‘On behalf of my family, I wish my good friend, presidential candidate of the LP, and former Governor of Anambra State, H.E. Peter Obi, a memorable 61st birthday celebration. I wish you many more years in good health and vitality – AA’
But the post which gathered 11,000 comments, saw supporters of Obi congratulating him, and also describing him as the incoming president of Nigeria.
Some commentators however eulogised Atiku for being so open minded to wish his opponent a happy birthday.
A Facebook user with the username, Basil Eze, urged supporters to concentrate on wishing Obi a happy birthday like Atiku, instead of describing him as the incoming president since Atiku too was in the race, but other Facebook users cautioned him.
In various comments, some of the Facebook users urged Atiku to, besides congratulating Obi on his birthday, also congratulate him in advance as the winner of next year’s presidential election, while others urged Atiku to withdraw from the race and support Obi.