Supporters of the Labour Party (LP), presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday, held simultaneous rallies across many states of the country to drum up support for Obi as Nigerians marked 62 years of independence.
The hugely attended rallies, which saw the supporters, who call regard themselves as Obi-dients, marching through some major cities of Lagos, Delta, Abia, Osun, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Edo, and Bauchi among others, caused traffic snarls in some of the areas.
The rallies also took the shine off the 62nd Independence anniversary in some states, especially in Delta.
In Lagos, the rallies, tagged #4millionmaforObi/Datti, were held in Festac Town, Ikeja, Lekki and Surulere.
The supporters marched along Lekki-Epe expressway chanting “Obi, Obi-dient!” They began the walk from the Admiralty Junction moving through the major road in Lekki towards Jakande, Elegushi axis, to avoid confrontation with the police stationed at the Lekki Toll Gate.
A Lagos High Court, on Thursday, ruled that the Obi-dients should not hold a rally at the toll gate and ordered the police to ensure rallies were not held there.
The supporters brandished the logo of the LP on their shirts, caps, chanting solidarity songs and boasting that they would give Obi the largest votes in Lagos, which is the political base of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In Delta, the Obi-dients also marched in Asaba, the state capital, and Warri.
In Asaba, the One-million-man march disrupted the 62nd Independence Day celebrations as the huge and intimidating crowd, which marched from the Inter-bus roundabout along Nnebisi Road, kept increasing as they shut down the city for over seven hours.
The youths came out from different communities of Delta North Local Government Area around 8 am to embark on the march in Asaba.
In Abia, supporters of Obi locked down Aba, the economic honey pot of the state as they staged one million-man march for Obi and his running mate, Dr Yusuf Ahmed Datti.
The enthusiastic crowd comprising youths from different political parties marched through major streets in the commercial city.
The Obi/Datti supporters gathered at different locations in Aba, marched through major streets before ending up at Asa Road where they had a major rally.
Motorists and other road users had a hectic time navigating the mammoth but peaceful and jubilant crowd.