Alhaji Lamidi Adesina’s former Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kehinde Olaosebikan, has said that Mr. Peter Obi, the former Governor of Anambra State, will soon lose his recent popularity.
This was said by Olaosebikan on Thursday in Ibadan.
Our reporter heard that Obi, who is running for president as a candidate for the Labour Party in 2023, has become more popular on social media in recent months.
Olaosebikan, a former Chairman of Oluyole Local Government Area in Oyo State, has said, however, that the excitement about Obi’s plans that has been caused by social media is just a flash in the pan that will go away quickly.
When talking to journalists at a program put on by a youth group in Oyo State, Ojo Ola Oyo said that such flashes were not new to Nigeria’s political, social, or economic environments.
He said that things like that usually don’t stay popular for long.
He said that based on what he had seen, young Nigerians would rather act now based on facts and proof of what candidates have done than on how popular they are on social media.
Olaosebikan said that young people would rather vote for Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who has put some of his supporters in key areas, than for Obi, who is becoming more popular on social media.
“Because they were never based on anything real; they were just made up and meant to show off. This kind of short-lived happiness has happened to us before. We had seen pastors run for office after saying that God told them to. In business, we had also seen pastors run for office after saying that God told them to.
“We had seen flashes in the form of finance houses promising unbelievable interest rates; in real estate, we had seen flashes of mortgage firms making impossible offers during the time of “everybody come inside”; in medicine, we had seen passing euphoria, where marketers promoted a drug that would cure all diseases, but it did nothing. All of these things fell because they were based on fantasies.
“From what I’ve seen of today’s youth, including the ones you see here, I can say that they are wiser and more realistic now. They are not ready to believe promises. They want to know what you have done in the past and mostly judge you based on what you have done.
“I think Nigerians, both young and old, should be practical when choosing our next president. We should look at things like capacity, competence, experience, and antecedents, not just feelings or promises that are based on misunderstandings.”