Group pledges seven million votes for Peter Obi
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As the 2023 general election draws near, a group under the aegis of Middle Belt Youth Development Organisation has vowed to mobilise its seven million members to vote for the Labour party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Speaking during a press conference in Lafia on Sunday, the President of the group, Christopher Aba, said they were supporting the Peter Obi/Yusuf Datti ticket because they believe that the duo have the capacity to address the challenges confronting the nation.
He narrated that the group with members across 15 states of the country, had concluded plans to embark on a solidarity rally to sensitise the electorates on the need to vote for the LP’s presidential candidate in 2023.
He mentioned the 15 states including Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Niger, Adamawa, Federal Capital Territory, among others.
He said, “The Middle Belt Youth Development Organization is not a political group and we do not engage in partisan politics. We are a Non-governmental organization, and our aim is to work for the progress of Nigeria. But we all know that our leaders have failed us. Every election year, they tell lies and make fake promises to us.
“It is as a result of the many challenges confronting the nation at the moment that the executives of the organization held a meeting on October 1, 2022, and we decided to mobilise our seven million members to support and vote for Mr. Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti in 2023.
“We decided to support them because based on their antecedents, we understand that they are not corrupt, we also know that they have great leadership qualities which would take Nigeria to greater heights if they are voted into office in the forthcoming election.”
While commending leaders of the Labour party across the nation for their efforts towards ensuring that Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti emerge victorious in 2023, Aba scolded the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, for keeping students out of school for over seven months.
“I must commend the leadership of the Labour party for its efforts so far. They are really doing well to make Nigerians understand why they should vote credible leaders into office in 2023. However, I am sad that the federal government and ASUU have kept our students at home for over seven months and nothing is being done about the situation,” Christopher Aba added.
Meanwhile, a group, Diaspora Strong for Peter Obi has taken a medical outreach to the grassroots in a bid to woo as many voters as possible for the LP candidate.
The event, staged at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lugbe, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory attracted hundreds of people, many of whom lack access to basic health care.
Addressing newsmen at the event, National Coordinator, Youth 4 Youth Volunteers Against Vote Buying, Desmond Ricosa said the outreach was intended to sensitize voters on the importance of their Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs.
“We are here to lend credence to the fact that a lot of things have to change and this medical outreach is one way to reach out to the grassroots.
“With this outreach, the message is loud and clear that it is the right of every citizen to have free medicare, good roads and good water. Who provides all these? Government!
“But some highly placed people are designing ways to disenfranchise Nigerians either by buying their voter’s cards or pilling money to buy their votes.”
Ricosa told the beneficiaries that election offers them the opportunity to elect leaders of their choice and hold them accountable.
“You can hold your leaders accountable but the moment you sell your vote, you lose the right to make proper choice,” he added, stressing that Obi’s personal character was the reason the group is ready to go the whole distance to woo voters to cast their ballots in his favour.
“We looked at the characters, credentials and contents of the candidates and agreed to work with Obi because we believe we can hold him accountable,” he said.
A beneficiary, Mrs Josephine Enogela who could not hide her joy said, “I am here to collect the medication. I will vote for Obi and I want him to win.”