Peter Obi has responded to allegations made by the Bola Tinubu Presidential Candidate Organization that he misled the public ahead of the 2023 elections.
The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate was accused of employing a “United States Strategy” and disseminating a “offensive and hate-filled video.”
Obi said in the viral video that Tinubu’s supporters were spreading a WhatsApp message urging Yoruba not to vote for him.
The text warned that voting for the former Anambra governor meant voting for seaports in the country’s south and southeast.
“The Igbos will stop coming to Lagos State to invest, rather they will go to Delta and Rivers states. They may even stop building houses in Lagos”, it added.
Festus Keyamo, Tinubu’s campaign spokesperson, stated that groups supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer have clear designations and well-known promoters.
The Minister of State (Labour) challenged Obi on Monday to reveal the source and name(s) behind the Whatsapp broadcast.
Keyamo claimed that the former bank CEO made up the information and distributed the video as part of a campaign strategy to portray himself as a victim of an ethnic agenda.
According to him, Obi suddenly realized that Nigerians “are beginning to burst his bubbles because his messages are devoid of ideas, depth, and clear-cut solutions to our challenges.”
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) insists Obi’s comments “are full of false data and jargon in what is clearly a disingenuous ruse to distract a scrutiny of his empty records as a Governor”.
The minister said among “the US Strategy” (just like the failed “Dubai Strategy” his former boss and himself adopted in 2019)” was to return to Nigeria, spread ethnic hatred among voters and cause chaos.
Keyamo claimed that a plot was afoot by Obi “to fake an assassination attempt and hire LP boys dressed in APC caps and T-shirts” to attack party offices.
Tinubu’s team added that it was “part of the US Plan, the first in a series of incendiary actions planned by an “ill-prepared but desperate candidate”.
In reply, Obi’s media aide Emeka Obasi stressed that his principal isn’t the kind of person that will fake an assassination attempt.
“Are they in any way trying to carry out such an attempt and seeking to blame Obi for it? The public deserves to know and that’s why we should put it up in the press.
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