Drama ensued on Sunday at the Town hall meeting series organised for candidates gunning for the presidency, as Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party tackled Dino Melaye, Spokesperson, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Management Committee.
The event was put together by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in collaboration with ARISE Television.
Trouble started after Melaye was heard calling an attendee of the meeting ‘Obi people’, when he stood to question the candidates.
In his reaction, Obi snapped at Melaye, saying: “You see what is happening here now. This man is from NNPP yet Dino is saying Peter Obi people. Why are you calling him Obi people? I won’t take it. Stop that Dino. Why are you always calling me? I won’t take that. I have heard enough from you. Stop that, Dino!”
Meanwhile, the absence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP at the meeting sparked outrage.
While Atiku asked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his running mate, to stand in for him, Tinubu had no representative at the event.
Some youths had kicked against the presence of Okowa and insisted that only presidential candidates should be given the floor.
“We want only Presidential Candidates here,” they shouted on top of their voices as they booed the Delta governor.
Maintaining his calm, Okowa reached out to the audience, saying the presidential ticket is one, but the aggrieved youth thundered, “No!!!”
However, normalcy was later restored and the programme kicked off.