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General News of Saturday, 3 September 2022


$5,000 per head, 'Disobidients' won't pay for Peter Obi's townhall meeting in Atlanta

A collage of Peter Obi and the designed flyer for his town hall in Atlanta A collage of Peter Obi and the designed flyer for his town hall in Atlanta

The presidential candidate of the ruling Labour Party, Peter Obi has been on the road over the past weeks as he seeks to convince Nigerians in the diaspora that he is the ideal candidate to change the fortunes of the country as the 2023 elections approach.

So far, the former Anambra has visited three countries including Germany, Canada and the United States. In the US, he has spoken on his Nigeria agenda in different states including Los Angeles, Washington DC, and is set to speak in Atlanta.

His visits to these states in the US have seen him break down his plans for Nigeria and how he hopes to tackle the menace of corruption, insecurity, restructuring and most importantly stabilizing the economy through production.

As many anticipate his town hall meeting in Atlanta which is hosted by African Coalition for Good Leadership, the cost of tickets per guest has caused some controversy on social media.

According to the viral artwork publicizing the event, the tickets for the event range from $250 to $5,000. The price of the ticket has since sparked reactions from anti-Obi supporters including popular columnist, Farooq Kperogi and Reno Omokri, a former senior special adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

"People have asked if I'll attend Peter Obi's town hall meeting with diasporan Nigerians in Atlanta tonight. No, I won't because it costs at least $250. I won't pay shishi to listen to a man who doesn't give shishi. The no-shishi policy shouldn't be one-way; it should be reciprocal," Kperogi shared on his Facebook page.

Meanwhile Omokri believes the Labour candidate is using this election to make money because there is no way he is going to win the elections.

"Ordinary seat = $250, VIP seat = $1000, Executive seat = $500"

"Peter Obi is just a clever man that knows he will not win and wants to use this election to cash out! Look at the prices he is charging. And he says he is for the poor! If you don’t have shishi, stay away!"

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