The presidential candidate of Labour Party in the 2023 general elections , Peter Obi, has visited site of recent fire incident in Onitsha, with large number of residents trooping out to receive him.
PlatinumPost reports that the scene could be mistaken for a campaign rally in the major chemical market in Anambra’s commercial city of Onitsha during the visit on Thursday.
Accompanied by Valentine Ozigbo, a 2021 governorship candidate of the state, Obi commiserated with the traders and inspect the extent of the damage,.
Recall that a massive fire destroyed 80 shops in the Ogbo Ogwu International Market, Bridge Head, which also affected traders from Tools and Allied union, ATDA union and PS union, on Tuesday afternoon following a blast at the Science and Lab Line of Ogbo Ogwu Market.
There was no official casualty figures at the time of Obi’s visit.
“I understand your pain. I am a trader like you,” Obi told the traders.
“I know how you feel. The passion you put into your business and then to have a fire come in and destroy what you have built for months in a few hours.
“If I win the election, we will re-organise the public and social services to make public spaces more secure. Emergency services and first responders like the fire service will be reorganised, retrained, and retooled to meet the demands of a 21st-century world and Nigeria’s population.
“Help is on the way,” Obi assured the traders.