Obidient Movement: Beyond political parties, says Peter Obi

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections and the principal mentor of the Obidient Movement in Nigeria, Mr. Peter Obi, has clarified that the movement is not affiliated with any political party

Obi emphasized that the Obidient Movement is a diverse and inclusive collective that transcends political party lines, sex, tribe, religion, or geopolitical areas.

The clarification comes amidst reports of a political party creating a directorate for the Obidient Movement. 

Obi stressed that the movement's primary objective is to rescue and build a new Nigeria that is possible, and its membership is open to individuals from all walks of life who share this vision.

In essence, the Obidient Movement is not limited to any political party and is a broad-based collective that seeks to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to work towards a common goal of transforming Nigeria.

Explaining further the size, scope and nature of the Obidient Movement, the LP standards bearer wrote in his X platform on Wednesday, June 5, 2024: “I like to categorically state that the Obidient Movement is not a directorate in any particular political party. Any individual or individuals claiming to be leaders of this non-existent directorate are simply not members of the broader Obidient Movement.

“There may be a youth mobilization directorate in political parties but the Obidient Movement is far beyond a particular political party. The Obidient Movement is a diverse and inclusive collective that transcends traditional political, religious, and ethnic affiliations.

“It is not domiciled within any particular party or headquartered in any particular part of the country. Its membership spans across Africa and the globe, comprising individuals from various backgrounds, including rural communities, and public, private, and corporate entities, united by a shared vision for a New and better Nigeria. Guided by the principles of adaptive and transformative change, progress, discipline, and democratic values, the Obidient Movement advocates for fairness, equity, inclusivity, and justice.

“It is committed to a strictly accountable and responsible code of government. Our members are committed to contributing to the realization of a better future for Nigeria through the New Nigeria project, anchored on loyalty, integrity, and democratic values.

“The Obidient Movement seeks to foster positive change through a commitment to integrity, honesty, and accountability, rejecting deceitful behaviours.

“We serve as a beacon of hope for a reimagined Nigeria, where leadership is grounded in character, capacity, competence, compassion and the well-being of all citizens.

“Let this serve as a clarification that the Obidient Movement operates independently of any political party, and its membership is not limited to any particular affiliation.

“Our focus remains steadfast on driving positive change and promoting a New Nigeria for all. This is who we are and will remain for all time,” a press statement, signed by Dr Yunusa Tanko, spokesperson of the Peter Obi Media Reach, and which relayed the clarification, concluded. 

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