Shops, businesses shut in Yola as Obi’s campaign moves to Adamawa
Assures voters of dividends of democracy
As the Labour Party (LP) presidential campaign trail moved to Adamawa State, yesterday, Yola International Market, along Galadima Aminu Way, as well as the shopping complex along the busy Mubi Road, were deserted as shop owners and traders, in their thousands, went to welcome the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Obi, who arrived Yola International Airport at about 11:27 a.m., with his running mate, Ahmed Datti, were received by chieftains of the party, including the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir.
Obi, who was at the palace of Hamma Bachamma, Daniel Samaila, to seek his royal blessings, said he joined the race to change the narrative of always abandoning the electorate after wining elections.
He said that traditional institutions remain the cultural beckons of good behaviours and rule of law.
Obi urged the royal father to encourage his subjects to be ‘Obidients’ on Election Day. This, he said, will give him the mandate to pilot the affairs of the country.
Why addressing a mammoth crowd in Numan, the headquarters of Southern Adamawa, he appealed to voters to trust him with their mandate, and that they will not regret their decisions.
Obi, who’s speech was interrupted with musical applause from supporters, which included some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) members, restated his commitment to entrench ideal democracy for common people in Nigeria.
In his speech, the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure, asked people of Adamawa to vote a young knowledgeable man, who would invest in their future.
He stated that LP is a movement to rescue the Nigeria from those, who have privatised the country for the benefit of their families.
He said: “ Obi’s government would truly be of the people, by the people and for the people, and not government of the family, by the family and for the family.”
In his welcome remarks, the LP state Chairman, Christopher Nicholas, assured the Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation that 70 per cent of Adamawa votes would go to Obi.