“Make sure you get into the Obi movement everyday, don’t let anyone intimidate you” -Pa Adebanjo
The acting leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanji has sent a message to all the supporters of Peter Obi to stand up and actively participate in making him Nigeria’s next president.
He said this at the book lunch of the 157-page book titled “The Challenges of Good Governance and Leadership in Nigeria: The Peter Obi Factor” organized by the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF)
“It is no longer a tea party. Those who are there do not want to leave but we will kick them out. I want your action, don’t let the opponents intimidate you,” Mr Adebanjo said.
“Make sure you get people into the ‘Obidient’ movement every day. Make sure you vote as an eligible voter and make their money useless that day.
“I have found in Peter Obi a person that would cool me down for a better tomorrow. Your future is in your hands and your positive action will make Peter Obi the next President,” he said.
The Yoruba socio-political leader, said this some days after another leader of the group, Reuben Fasoranti, publicly endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Party (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Mr Reuben Fasoranti, aged 96 stepped down as the leader of the Yoruba socio-politaical group, Afenifere and handed over to Mr Adebanjo, aged 94, last year, who became the acting national leader of the group.
The ADF national president and chief host of the event, Uzodinma Nwala, said the book which was launched in honour of Mr Obi was inspired by his humility and good works.
Mr Nwala, a professor, also added that there is a need to rally around and support Mr Obi so that the future of Nigeria can be put in safe hands.
The chairman of the occasion, Oluwadurotimi Olulana, described Peter Obi as the Moses of our time and said that the book would help in doing justice to the present situation of Nigeria.
“Peter Obi is the Moses of our time. He is blessed and anointed to change the whole vices and I assure you that he and Datti will take us to the promised land,” he said.
Also reviewing the book, was Dele Farotimi, a lawyer, he said the book is a template for great development and expressed the hope that the book will continue to be reviewed for years to come.
“The first chapter of the book talks about Peter Obi as a leader and not a ruler. This he has eloquently exhibited as a charismatic leader while he was governor.
“The second chapter talks about the philosophy of good governance and leadership. Our leaders are far removed from the people but Peter Obi sees himself as connected with the people and this book recalls that.
“People often believe that revolution should be about violence but it’s not. Sometimes, it comes like the attire Peter Obi usually puts on. Peter Obi understands the urgency and the need to save Nigeria,” he said.
Clara Eromosele, an advocate of the Peter Obi Good Governance, said the supporters of Mr Obi are not doing enough to own the country and charged Nigerians to do more than talk but get their permanent voters card (PVC) and vote.
“If you don’t have a PVC then volunteer to monitor polling units. Don’t give up and don’t bow to threats, it is time to take our country back.
“To contribute your quota to making Nigeria great again, we need to make up our mind to support Peter Obi beyond just winning the election,” she said.
She further urged supporters of Peter Obi to represent him well and be good ambassadors of Peter Obi both offline and online.
The Chairman of the Organising Committee, Nze Johnpaul, also added that since our national problems does not know religion , ethnicity or political colouration, then the solution of the national problem should not be found along the same lines.
“In the light of all these, we make bold to announce that we have found a man with integrity, capacity and competence to lead Nigeria.
“The man who has no structure but the common man has volunteered to be the structure. The man who has not assumed office, but has changed the face of electoral democracy in Nigeria and that man is Mr Peter Gregory Obi,” he said.