A coalition of supporters and stakeholders of Labour Party, (LP) presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, grounded Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Saturday as they embarked on one million-man march in the state.
The crowd, which marched from Tombia Junction en route the Mbiama Yenagoa road and terminated at the Ox-bow lake, were with placards bearing various inscriptions.
At 8am, vehicular movement from the entrance of the state was already at a halt as youths, women, and men gathered to take instructions before embarking on the rally.
Speaking with newsmen, the coordinator of Concern Medical Practitioners, Dr. Frank Ogunuawe, said they are all out in support of Peter Obi, whom they described as the most credible and prepared man for the job, adding that the medical profession in the country is gradually collapsing.
He emphasized that the number of professionals in the sector leaving the country to work outside the shores of the country is quite threatening, while the few ones in the country are planning to go on strike due to some unresolved issues between them and the government.
He added, “Just imagine what will happen to most people who are sick due to sufferings inflicted on them by the hardship experience in the country; we should also remember that students of higher institutions have been on strike for the past seven months, so it’s time to stop the nonsense in the country by voting for a sincere person.”
The coordinator of Bayelsa West LP, Hon. Chris Ogosi, stated that the structure of the party is the hungry, crying, suffering masses of the country and with the masses, the dream of a better Nigeria is achievable.
“We all know that the greatness of a man is measured by the wisdom he has and not amount of money and Obi is the man that we know that build a better Nigeria amongst all that has indicated interest.”
The coalition Vice Chairman of all the groups, Mr. Dr. Charles Oyibo, noted that what is happening on the streets of Yenagoa today is to organise and sensitizing the people on the need to take back Nigeria.
“We are with the people and they are all out because of the fact that they are sick of what the current system is giving to the people; look at the poverty level, insensitivity of government, deprivation, and the fact that our children are at home while theirs are abroad. This is not about a political party but a movement to take back the country and give to the rightful owners who are the masses. This is a clear confirmation that the people are so tired, that is why we are seeing this crowd today who are not even paid. Every body came on account of their own conviction that it is time to do the needful.”
The state chairman, Mr. Eniye Zidougha, who addressed the crowd said, we have seen other states carry out their rally and what they are doing today isn’t different, adding that the cry of the people over insecurity, poverty, lack of power, ASUU strike and other failures by the government is the reason for the march.
He said the Obi movement became important to salvage the already mortgaged future of the citizens, adding that with their voter cards the people will vote their conscience at the forthcoming elections.