Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has urged his followers to refrain from making disparaging remarks or verbally abusing any politician.
Obi explicitly advised his followers not to criticize Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom in a personally signed message on Friday.
He claimed that Nigeria already faces enough issues, and that none of his followers should engage in name-calling or other insulting sentiments about individuals or organizations, which might further polarize the country.
Obi noted that a Labour Party candidate in Benue State had referred to Governor Ortom as a liar during a recent campaign rally in the state, but such labeling is unacceptable.
He urged his followers and supporters to rather focus on issue-based campaigns.
The LP presidential candidate said: “I call on the Labour Party Faithfuls, especially candidates at all levels, including my supporters, to desist from name calling or derogating anyone, groups of persons or religions.
“Nigeria has very huge problems and is currently at risk of implosion from economic hardship and insecurity. The focus, therefore, should be on how to deal with deleterious consequences of a tanking economy, pervasive insecurity, and the many challenges that the nation is contending with, rather than degenerating into name calling.
“Specifically, during our recent campaign in Benue, a candidate referred to the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, as a “deceit.” That is totally unacceptable to us.
“The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, remain a very patriotic Nigerian, who has always spoken for the best interest of his people and Nigeria in general. We all have our shortcomings, I have mine, and so do others. But, we should not refer to people in such derogatory manner
“We must continue to focus on running an issue-based campaign, and unite with everyone to build a new and better Nigeria.
“I wish all our candidates, including myself, well in the forthcoming elections. -PO”
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