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The Peter Obi Support Network has urged Nigerians to resist vote trading during the 2023 general elections in order to take back the country from corrupt leaders.
The group said it is firmly backing the aspiration of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, because it believes he has the capacity to lead the country in the right direction.
It said if electorates resist every form of inducement, vote-buying/manipulation, and electoral insincerity, they will be able to hold their ground effectively while protecting their votes.
They stated this in Asaba, Delta State, during a summit on ‘Developing grassroots structures for effective people-oriented democracy”, according to a statement by the group on Sunday.
It stated that the summit was part of their voter education and sensitisation efforts ahead the 2023 poll.
During the summit, which coincided with a free medical outreach by its cooperating partners, Diaspora Medics 4 good governance and doctors for Peter Obi, called on the electorate to reject and subtly resist every form of inducement, vote-buying/manipulation, and electoral insincerity.
According to the group, the summit is geared towards sensitising and training coordinators, other leaders and unit heads to enable them to recruit voters, train the electorate to recognise the LP symbol, how to vote and protect their votes.
In her opening address, the POSN Global Coordinator, Augusta Nneka, said the group, founded in 2018 by die-hard Peter Obi supporters already have more than 6,700 coordinators nationwide, adding that POSN exists in every Ward, hamlet, and family in Nigeria currently.
Nneka said it is a defeatist theory, the political argument by the oppositions, claiming that Obi and Labour Party lack ‘structure’.
She said, “We are presently starting, ‘Sponsor-your-ward project’, targeted particularly at our people in the diaspora who are not physically resident in Nigeria but has stakes in the forthcoming elections.
“That it’s why all the 11 state coordinators from the south-east and south-south were invited to the summit.”
In his keynote lecture, Prof. Pat Utomi who spoke on ‘Developing grassroots structures for effective people-oriented democracy’, admitted he had never witnessed anything like this tornado-like political movement called Peter Obi Support network, otherwise called “Obedients”.