The Emergence of OBIdient NigeriansJune 25, 2022
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State may have cut a pitiable figure last Thursday as he sat in one of the pews of the Cathedral of Assumpta, Owerri at a clerical event of the Roman Catholic Church.
As he was introduced a round of applause swept through the congregation and quickly died down. Following him, the presiding clergy now introduced Mr Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State and deafening applause swept through putting to oblivion that which welcomed Uzodimma.
Indeed, it needed the intervention of the presiding cleric to bring the congregation to stop.
As a riposte, the cleric said he knew that the congregation wanted to be OBIdient. The action of the congregation last Thursday is reflective of the growing agitation behind the 2023 presidential aspiration of Mr Peter Obi.
The OBIdients as they identify themselves have been reported to be doing outlandish things to project their man in a way that reminds us all of what is called youthful exuberance.
One Abuja lady with Twitter handle @jojoNitq has reportedly dropped her boyfriend for refusing to see the light in Obi and preferring to remain with the old order.
What had started as a social media phenomenon is now growing traction on the ground. Uzodimma indeed should know.
Days earlier, the first OBIdient senator in the land emerged when Senator Francis Onyewuchi representing Imo East joined the Labour Party riding on the popularity that Obi’s advent into Labour has given the party.
Besides Onyewuchi, a number of leading political actors within and outside the Southeast have also joined Labour to the extent that the party is bound to get reckoning in the Southeast in 2023.
Besides Uzodimma, another governor who should feel concerned or indeed has expressed his opinion on the increasing agitation of the OBIdient Nigerians is Governor Godwin Obaseki.