Videos showing the moment Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi arrived in Taraba State for his presidential campaign rally have fueled speculation that he is a popular politician in the country’s north.
Mr Obi could barely get out of his plane when he landed in Taraba State due to the massive crowd that had gathered.
More videos showing Mr Obi struggling to move after stepping foot in the northern state have also stirred reactions online.
Tell someone to tell the other, that "the people of Taraba state love Peter Gregory Obi."
— Kowa Ishaku Yahaya (@Yahaya_IV) December 7, 2022
On Twitter, Nigerians debunked the claim that Northerners will not vote for Mr Obi come 2023 because he isn’t a popular figure in the region.
@Jame wrote: “Tell someone to tell the other, that “the people of Taraba state love Peter Gregory Obi.”
Prior to Mr Obi’s arrival im the state, residents of Taraba had organized a motorcycle rally to welcome him.
On social media, commenters expressed surprise at the organic love towards Mr Obi from residents of Taraba State.
— Weyimi B. Lube 𓃵 (@_weyimi) December 7, 2022
@Official Baba wrote: “This is how Taraba State welcomed Peter Obi today, Taraba is not a State in the South. Meanwhile, they said Obi is not known in the North. 2023 is by the corner.”
@MuchTalk: “Taraba people no gree oo. Dem say Senior Man Peter Obi na their pikin🙆🏾♂️. Watch moment they heard Senior Man has landed..”
A day ago, mixed with reactions were stirred after photos showing the moment Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State welcomed Peter Obi to his state for the latter’s campaign rally made the rounds.
The governor’s gesture attracted praises from Nigerians who hail him for setting aside the political difference between him and Peter Obi on Tuesday.
@Realeari wrote: “Well done. The Executive Governor of Imo State. Let’s learn to commend people when they do the right things.”
@DigitNovaya: “Thank God Ihedioha was sacked by Supreme court. Uzodimma is a more reasonable opponent. We move.”
@Jay: “If God dey for you.. who fit dey against you? Nobody.. God has anointed Peter Obi to become the president of this country.. it’s time for Nigeria to rise again.. Peter Obi is the change we’ve seeking for 🙏🏼.”
Meanwhile, in a related story, an old video showing civil servants in Anambra State heaping praises on the then governor, Peter Obi, for reconstructing the commission’s secretariat in the state has continued to trend.
In the video, Mr Obi could be seen receiving heartfelt praises from civil servants in the state during his tenure as the state governor.
Myriad of Nigerians have reacted with mixed views to the heartwarming video, with many drumming support for Mr Obi’s presidential ambition.
Similarly, adding up to Mr Obi’s track record, Nigerians had recalled a kind-hearted gesture by Peter Obi towards victims of flood in Anambra State and Kogi State.
Notwithstanding, Mr Peter Obi on Sunday urged Nigerians to thoroughly read his 72-page manifesto ahead of the forthcoming presidential election in 2023.
The manifesto titled, ‘It’s POssible: Our Pact with Nigerians,” was released after a long wait. The long wait for Mr Obi’s manifesto had provoked backlash against him from many quarters.
After releasing the document on Saturday, Mr Obi took to his Twitter page on Sunday to pen a message to Nigerians.
He said: “I have the honour to present our 72-page Manifesto, titled, “It’s POssible: Our Pact with Nigerians.” This Manifesto, its overarching and visionary policy planks, lay out our mission focus and mandate for securing, uniting and making Nigeria productive. I invite you to peruse the policy document.”