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A member of the house of representatives, Shina Peller has stated that Nigeria must change its style of politics for desirable change to take place in the country.

According to the lawmaker, political godfatherism and imposition of candidates “should be discouraged and jettisoned”.

Peller while speaking at the launch of the ‘We2geda Movement’ on Saturday in Lagos said there is a need for a new system of politics.

The lawmaker, who is the national coordinator of the movement, said godfatherism and the imposition of candidates on the people must be discouraged in order to build institutions.

“Our lamentation about the lack of good leadership in Nigeria has been going on for a very long time with no desirable change,” he said.

“What we must take note of is that we can’t achieve the change that we so desire by fighting the present reality, we must build a new system that will make the present system obsolete.

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“You may want to ask, how do we achieve this? Yes, we can address and achieve this by changing our style of politics of anointing and imposing candidates on the electorates. We are now in a century where political godfatherism and imposition should be discouraged and jettisoned.

“It is high time we focused on building strong institutions that will last forever rather than powerful individuals who have turned themselves to gods on earth.

“This is exactly what We2geda Movement aims to achieve, and though we know it is a very difficult, we are very optimistic that with the continued support and cooperation of great minds that make up the movement, we’ll achieve it.

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“Fellow young vibrant Nigerians, it is very important that we are very strategic in our approaches, actions and activities if truly we want to make a positive change.”

Kashin Ibrahim-Imam, chairman of the board of trustees (BoT) of the movement, said future generations would benefit from the move to reform the country’s political system.

“Money politics have done great disservice to us. We need more hands to solve this problem. The founding fathers were not thinking of creating Nigeria for Nigerians but for Africans,” he said.

“This is an opportunity presented to us; hence, If you think this is about us you are missing it. It is not about us but our unborn generation.”

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Linus Okorie, a former house of representatives member, 2baba Idibia, Kenny Blaq and Broda Shaggy were some of the notable people present at the event.



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Supporters of Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate, on Saturday trooped out en masse across Lagos, Bauchi, Asaba and Calabar to rally support for the former Anambra governor.

Traffic congestion was recorded in several parts of the cities where the rally took place.

In Lagos, the Lekki-Epe expressway as well as Surulere, supporters of Mr Obi were seen marching and chanting songs of praise for the presidential hopeful.

Many supporters of Mr Obi ditched the Nigerian green and white flag for the Labour Party’s multi-coloured flag, waving as they marched in excitement. Others adorned paraphernalia of the party.

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Another mammoth crowd marched from Inter-bus roundabout along Nnbisi road in Asaba, Delta state, for the Obidatti rally, leaving a scanty audience to receive Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s independence day address.

A similar situation was recorded in Warri where Mr Obi’s supporters converged in droves at Effurun roundabout and thereon marched to Airport road and later Warri city stadium where Labour Party leaders encouraged them to vote wisely in the 2023 general elections.

In Calabar, dancers adorned traditional attires and lined major roads chanting “Obi! Obi!” to match the beats of traditional musical instruments. Other supporters adorned the Labour Party’s paraphernalia in a show of support for Mr Obi.

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In a Facebook video posted by The Nation, another excited crowd marched in support of Mr Obi in Bauchi. Some of them could be seen chanting “Carry me dey go, Obi, carry me dey go, dey go, dey go,” while waving the Nigerian and Labour Party flags.

The massive turnout has put to question claims that Mr Obi, labelled by opponents as a social media candidate because of the support he enjoys from Nigerian social space, would not enjoy the same support on the ballot.

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Gov. Lalong advises leaders to put Nigerians’ interest at heart

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Plateau Governor Simon Lalong has urged fellow Nigerian leaders to be selfless and committed to nation-building.

“Those in power should always put the interest of the citizens first and shun any action that will dwindle hope, faith and patriotism among the followers,” Mr Lalong said in a statement by his spokesperson, Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.

He described Nigeria as a great nation with abundant human and material resources comparable to a few countries worldwide.

The governor pointed out that good leadership would ensure the nation’s resources are harvested and utilised efficiently for the good of all rather than for the benefit of a few.

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He expressed hope that Nigeria would achieve greatness despite its current challenges.

He urged citizens to put aside their personal interests and be united to work for the country’s progress while paying tribute to those who struggled for independence.

“It is, therefore ,important that we do not allow the challenges of the moment to stop us from highlighting and thanking God for the tremendous successes we have achieved over the years.

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“In this regard, we pay special tribute to those who fought for our independence, those who nurtured it and to all who are doing their best to sustain it.

“We should continue to do our best to ensure that the sacrifices of these men, women, youths, children and people of various backgrounds do not go in vain,” he said.

While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for commemorating the 62nd anniversary, Mr Lalong prayed for a smooth transition in 2023, which, he said, would consolidate the nation’s achievements.

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Supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, have defied police directive against holding a rally at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.

It will be recalled that that the Lagos State Police Command had on Friday warned against any form of rally at the Lekki Toll gate, citing the court order that prohibited it.

However, on Saturday morning, October 1, the supporters, known as the ‘Obidients’, were seen in mass number as they marched at the Lekki-Epe Expressway, chanting ‘Obi! Obidient!’

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A Twitter user, @Nkemchor, who shared a video, posted, “The police presence at Lekki did not stop youths from gathering. Very proud of this generation. If Lekki is your route join them!”

Another user, @eklepatience tweeted, “All we want is a genuine leader that’s ready to serve Nigerians we’re not asking for too much nah just give us Peter Obi. Festac Lagos is Obidient.”

According to tweeps, who shared images, the rally also seemed to be holding in other parts of Lagos, like Festac town, Surulere and the National Stadium.

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Another tweep, @BensonIbeabuchi, tweeted, “Youths defy rainfall to come out in support of the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi at Lekki, Lagos on October 1, 2022.

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