The Oasis Reporters
January 29, 2024
As soon as Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde’s office released photos and sent out a tweet about the visit of former Governor of Anambra State and the presidential candidate of Labour Party in the last presidential election, Peter Obi, Twitter went into a frenzy dissecting the reasons for the visit.
This is not the first visit of Peter Obi to the most significant city of Ibadan in Nigeria’s South West.
But the tweet from Makinde was just a simple two paragraph statement:
“This morning, we received my brother, His Excellency @PeterObi and his team, who visited us in Ibadan to condole with us over the Bodija incident.
I thanked them for the visit and for putting politics aside at this time to sympathize with the victims, especially those who lost loved ones”.
A significant twitterati, Imran Muhammad
@Imranmuhdz jumped into his own comments with a statement:
“Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has said Atiku Abubakar, is yet to reach out to him over the recent explosion in Ibadan.
Makinde, a member of the PDP, made the disclosure when he was visited by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
The governor said that, apart from President Bola Tinubu, who reached out by phone, and Peter Obi, who made a condolence visit, no other major presidential candidate in the 2023 election commiserated with him.
“I want to thank you especially for the visit. Out of the 3 major candidates who contested the 2023 election, only Atiku Abubakar, my own leader and our candidate hasn’t called to commiserate the state,” Makinde said in the video which has gone viral on social media.”
Makinde said. “I am saying this openly so that our leaders will know that we have time for politics and others. I want to thank you once again for coming.”
Peter Obi is yet to release his own statement regarding the visit, but it is expected that he will.
A few weeks ago, a former Malawian president, Mrs Banda was in Awka to deliver a speech at a Symposium organized in honour of the late Nigerian first president and Statesman, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. She posed in a photograph with Peter Obi and with the ubiquitous nature of phone photos and real-time internet ‘in-your-face’ kind of online news, the photo went viral all over Malawi and Africa instantly.
Mrs Joyce Banda excitedly announced that “my photograph with Peter Obi has gone viral in Malawi “ while making her speech.
When Joyce Hilda Banda made the statement that she had just “gotten some information from Malawi, that a photo I took with him (Peter Obi) is trending seriously now in Malawi now like crazy” , the gathered crowd went wild with cheers of adorable joy”.
Significant parts of Ibadan City has been without electricity supply for over two weeks and citizens of the city recall Peter Obi’s hands-on road-map on how to tackle the electricity challenge by visiting Siemens in Egypt where electricity deficit was turned to electricity surplus in a few short months in Egypt, something that has defied solution in the hands of Nigeria’s ruling class that prefer darkness for Black Africa’s largest economy where it’s active population of youths are fleeing the difficulties of living in Nigeria and going abroad in droves.
But Peter Obi lost that election, returning Nigeria to status quo where basic things like water, electricity and food supply remain perennially in short supply for several decades.