The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Bola Tinubu and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, have engaged in a verbal spat.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the verbal conflict started after a claim that Tinubu was urged to step down for Obi and take care of his health in a letter from Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, surfaced.
Akufo-Addo refuted the report, calling it a complete fabrication and malicious, and asserting that it is not his business to meddle in Nigeria’s politics or domestic affairs.
The Tinubu Campaign Organization responded by requesting on Wednesday that Obi instruct his supporters to stop disseminating untrue information about the APC presidential candidate.
The group claimed that the LP flag bearer’s followers have been spreading false information to the public, which has hurt the former governor of Lagos State’s reputation.
Obi quickly responded, saying it is incorrect to associate his followers with false allegations about Tinubu and demanding that all publications from the party are always officially signed and spelled out in a statement signed by his media adviser, Valentine Obienyem.
Nigerians, however, have expressed their opinions about the verbal combat between the two presidential candidates on social media.
See some of the reactions below.
@General_Oluchi wrote: “So Tinubu has joined the Wailers Club to report Obidients to Peter Obi? Who will caution all the agberos threatening violence on Obidients for him? Tinubu running for President is the biggest insult to Nigerians. He should drop off the race and stop being a nuisance.”
@kcnaija wrote: “I thought Peter Obi and his supporters were insignificant in the presidential race? I thought he doesn’t have structure. This is still morning. They have not to grind the beans and it is smelling.”
@Girl_isBlessed wrote: “Tinubu did not apologize for “they will labour till they die”. He did not apologize when his shoe shiner wrote their “Obi-tuary” in his own newspaper. His boys are making threats here but he is warning Peter Obi that didn’t say a word. THIS IS NOT 2015.”
@AfamDeluxo wrote: “Bola Tinubu’s team are dishing out all kinds of fake news using Bots account and alluding it to Peter Obi supporters. They dished a statement, credited to Ghanaian President with one of those accounts. These guys are desperate & ready to do anything to tarnish Obidents!”
@ronaldnzimora wrote: “When Tinubu said that Peter Obi and his supporters will “labour in vain until they die”, you fugghaissies didn’t remember decorum. Small “hand dey shake, leg dey shake” and una dey cry.
“Nobody has wished him death yet naa. Make una never drink palmwine, because meat dey come.”
@oga_pharmacist wrote: “I’m rather sad that Mr. Obi has to be severally put in precarious situations like this, where he has to be caution people who say they support him or even having to apologise on his behalf.
“He is a fine gentleman, it would have been great to see his supporters take after him.”
@Bj7super wrote: “Tinubu should get this right. In Labour Party, Peter Obi is not the principal. The people, Nigerians, are. The people are the ones contesting using Peter Obi as the Vehicle.
“Your complaint should go to Nigerians, not Peter Obi.“
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