Obidient rally

Gridlock grounds Lekki as ‘Obidients’ rally

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Supporters of the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, on Saturday grounded commercial activities and movement in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

The ‘Obidients’, as they are fondly called, gathered on Saturday morning at the toll-gate environs despite heavy police presence on the ground.

Although they were asked by the police not to gather at the toll-gate, the conveners of the rally said they had gone ahead of the police to get a court order earlier in the week, on Monday, to enable them hold their campaign.

The convener of the Peter Obi Rally for VGC area, Dr. Stan Ogbuehi, said, “We suspected that the police would want to prevent us from campaigning so we decided to go ahead of them to get a court order that gave us permission to protest anywhere in Lekki except for the toll-gate. We got the court order on Monday.

“We went towards the toll-gate earlier in the day, perhaps we may have been allowed to campaign there, but the police refused us from campaigning. They insisted that we should not exceed the Second Roundabout so we decided to rally along the Lekki-Epe Expressway, then into Freedom Way in Lekki Phase 1.”

Our correspondent noticed private cars and commercial bus drivers finding alternative routes out of the traffic on the Lekki-Epe Expressway, as the traffic was almost at a standstill.

Speaking with a commercial driver, who opted to dislodge all his passengers to get another bus, he said, “Obidient people are campaigning at the toll gate, I have been in this traffic for too long, I’m going to turn back at the Jakande Roundabout. I wouldn’t be heading to Lekki Phase 1 again.”


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