By Shabul Mazadu
As political activities on the Plateau heats up, the Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate, Dr. Patrick Dakum, has his morale keeps inflaming by torrential motivational boosts he gets from various individuals, groups and organisations in various facets and capacities towards his electioneering campaigns.
The most recent is the provision of one hundred and twenty thousand posters costing some millions by a group called WAZOBIA, meaning come in Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo combined.
Speaking after the presentation of the posters at Dr. Dakum’s house in Jos, leader of the group, Comrade Okonkwo Sunday Jesse, said the essence of their support for LP governorship candidate is to help in having a positive change on the Plateau and in Nigeria in terms of leadership.
According to him, he is 39 years by birth and has spent 32 years in Plateau State. By virtue of that he added, he is a citizen of the state, and is obliged in supporting the progress of the state.
Shedding more light on the WAZOBIA group, Okonkwo said, they are made up of various ethnic groups with the headquarters in Jos the Plateau State capital, and with the spread to 15 local government areas of the state, and 4 states of the federation.
One of the major aims of the group he added, is to unite Nigerians and forge ahead as an entity with same values.
In terms of membership strength, he said the group has 180, 000 registered members, excluding those playing Nicodemus which could reach up to 10, 000.
Responding, Dakum said the posters are a huge boost to his morale, and that they will use the posters judiciously. He said, “We thank the WAZOBIA youth movement. WAZOBIA means come in Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. Let us all come together to deliver for Peter Obi/Ahmed Datti for Presidency, and when it comes to governorship, you deliver for me. When I become the governor, I will help provide the pipeline for Peter Obi to effective discharge his duties, and fulfil his promises for Plateau.
“Myself and Peter Obi, and the LP movement, is not the one for multi-billionaires, but of people of faith and rich in the heart. Now you are rich in the heart and you have come to demonstrate it by this donation.”
Dakum further admonished his supporters to ensure they display the posters for people to see and not to hoard them.
Finally he promised to carry members of WAZOBIA group along.