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Says Obi is not a violent man
‘We must reiterate here for the record Obi’s adherence and commitment to the rule of law and avowal of non-violent politics’
By Valentine Amanze
Labour Party (LP) has said that its Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, is a peaceful man, who does not believe in violence or any other unlawful means to achieve his objectives.
The party was reacting to fake stories and video that Obi would soon be arrested for allegedly advocating for a violent change of government in Nigeria.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, the LP said that the stories lacked merit, describing them as fake news.
“The stories are draped with some so-called prophecies calling for prayers on Obi as he would be arrested.
“Ordinarily, such stories should not deserve our attention. However, we are concerned when the faux stories flying around are juxtaposed with video clips spliced from pre-election and campaign speeches where Obi had underscored to Nigerian youths the importance of taking back our country,” it stated.
The LP, while condemning the sponsors of the evil write-ups and videos, also said that to
contrive such videos as recent remarks and effort to make them look fresh, was mischievous and criminal.
It further stated that the ploy was aimed at orchestrating a false culpability and entrapment.
“We must reiterate here for the record Obi’s adherence and commitment to the rule of law and avowal of non-violent politics.
“On March 1, 2023, when the INEC announced its charade election result by 4 a.m., Obi supporters across the country and in the Diaspora mounted pressure on him to authorize a mass protest but he declined, insisting instead that taking back Nigeria through him will come through due and peaceful process and not via violence.
“The insinuation of late that Obi is orchestrating violence is a figment of the imagination of the authors and giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it,” it stated.
Besides, it insisted that Obi is not a violent man but believes justice must reign no matter how long it takes.
The party also assured that as a man of faith, Obi believes that a new Nigeria is POssible following due process and does not need to drag his supporters out in the street to achieve it.
It, however, advised the prophets and soothsayers whether real or imagined, to leave Obi out of their prophecy because his faith is in Nigerians and God and not on imaginary fortune tellers.