‘If supporters were mindful of this, some articles in some newspapers against me would not have been published, including those with offensive titles’
By Valentine Amanze
Labour Party (LP) flagbearer in the 2023 general election, Mr. Peter Obi, has backed the appeal by the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) presidential candidate, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, for an issue-based campaign devoid of personality abuse.
Obi was reacting to the call by Tinubu, through his campaign organization, for the candidates and their supporters to base their electioneering on issues that would “Advance the growth, progress and stability of Nigeria”.
In a statement signed by Obi’s Media Adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, on Wednesday, the Anambra State former governor pointed out that the appeal by APC advising candidates to “desist from spreading lies, malice and denigrating other candidates,” exactly mirrored what he [Obi] had propagated over the years.
He said that if supporters were mindful of this, some articles in some newspapers against him (Obi) would not have been published, including those with offensive titles.
But, on the alleged fake letter from the President of Ghana and the alleged request for N50 billion monthly payment, Obi’s media aide, Obienyem, said that while the former governor was not bothered about their authenticity, it was wickedness to link them to his supporters, insisting that any publication from Obi’s group was always properly signed and the place it was coming from very clearly spelt out.
Obienyem also described as the height of mischief, the attempt to link Obi’s campaign to IPOB.
His words: “We know that things are not well in Nigeria. We know of the agitations in different parts of the country. Our principal has always said what he would do with such organizations to stop their agitation and bring them back to Nigeria as one happy family. Rather than others say what they will do, they are creating more problems by trying vainly and wickedly to link their follow contestants to some of those organisations.”
Besides, he expressed happiness that Nigerians knew the truth and that such gimmicks used to deceive them would no longer work.
Obienyem also pointed out that right from Obi’s position as governor, he was not known for attacking people or building lies against others.
Obienyem said that Obi’s disposition was contrary to those of some of his opponents, whom, he said, actually originated most of tho fake news, published them under false names and turned round to ascribe them to Obi or his supporters.