The assertion that Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, made that “serious leaders do not go on rest” was false, according to Valentine Obienyem, Peter Obi’s media adviser.
Obienyem asserts that Obi never made such a claim and that people who are circulating it are merely attempting to implicate him in every dispute and divert him from his goal of rescuing Nigeria.
The LP presidential contender, according to Newsmen, visited the Muslim community in Anambra State to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with them.
He was questioned by newsmen about why he didn’t take a break.
According to Obienyem in a statement on Tuesday, Obi’s response was: “Well, those who need rest should have rest. Those of us who don’t need rest should continue to work.”
However, he said Obi’s statement was misinterpreted by some sections of the media who reported him as saying that “no serious leader will go on rest”.
“For me, politics is not about the office; it’s about helping to get a better society. If you are in politics because of office, it’s wrong. Politics is about the good of the society. As I am leaving here, I am going to the hospital to support people in the hospital. That’s what politics is about,” Obienyem quoted Obi as saying.
“Well, those who need rest should have rest. Those of us who don’t need rest should continue to work,” Obi added.
While blaming some media outfits for twisting Obi’s statement, Obienyem submitted that the interpretation was part of the ploy to make sure “the former Anambra state governor is dragged into every controversy to distract attention and remove his focus on the issue and on the mission of rescuing Nigeria”.
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