Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the February 25th polls, has urged the Nigerian Electorate not to vote blindly in the forthcoming gubernatorial polls.
Obi who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, March 16, 2023, said Nigerians cannot just vote anyone into office, except they have adjudged such a person competent.
When asked about his expectations for the March 18 elections and what he would advise his supporters as regards voting candidates of the party across the country, Mr Obi was of the opinion that the people should “support the obidients”.
He however added that they should not vote without taking into full account the capacity of the individual that they are voting for.
“I have said please watch out for one with character, competence, capacity, and compassion; the country needs to see competent people in position to serve; so do not vote blindly.”
Speaking on the 2023 presidential election, Obi stressed that the exercise is the worst in Nigeria’s history and a setback to the democratic process.
The former Anambra state governor was of the opinion that despite the humungous amount budgeted for the election, the exercise did not yield to expectations.
Lagos: Junior Secondary Student Sent Home Using Peter Obi’s Picture As Book Cover
Marvellous Barinaadaa, a Junior Secondary School Student of Odomola Secondary School, and her parents got more than they expected on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, when the girl was sent home by the school principal for allegedly wrapping her books with the poster of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi.
Her mother, who took to social media to lament the situation, appealed to Nigerians to come to the family’s rescue, saying the girl was apolitical and just 10 years old.
Part of the message sighted by The Trent read: “This is to inform you all, that my daughter, Marvelous Barinaadaa, was exited from Odomola Secondary School today March 14, 2023, by the principal, just because my daughter used Peter Obi’s poster paper to wrap her notebook for school,” the mother wrote.
“And this girl is just ten years old.
“She didn’t know anything about politics, but she was sent away from school without informing the parents because they say we support Peter Obi and Labour Party.
“Please, is this act by the principal good? See what the school principal wrote in that letter. And after we will say we are one Nigeria.”
She also alleged that the family had suffered a lot because of their perceived support for Obi.
However, the president of Odomola Secondary School Old Students Association, OSSOSA, Epe, Apagun Saka Shola, stated that the JSS2 student was sent home for allegedly causing nuisance and distraction through the distribution of posters of Obi in the classroom.
He noted that the move by the principal was to curtail the nuisance being caused by the student in sharing the posters with other students.
“I have been able to reach the principal. The issue circulating is far from the truth.
“There is a directive to stop all forms of campaign in the classroom. As some political parties use the students to campaign in class.
“The principal did not expel or suspend the student. She sent her home for causing havoc and disturbance in the class during recess by chatting and sharing LP posters to her mates.
“Again, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education is on the issue,” OSSOSA President said.
However, calls and text message sent to the contact purported to be that of the principal were neither acknowledged nor responded to at the time of filling this report.