The All Progressive Congress (APC) and its agents in the security services, according to the Labour Party (LP), have put intense pressure on Mr. Peter Obi, the party’s presidential candidate, to leave the country in an effort to force him to waive his right to legal action and reclaim his mandate.
Obi has repeatedly been told that he must leave the country or run the risk of being detained on fictitious charges of inciting insurrection, according to a press release issued on Wednesday by Tanko Yunusa, the chief spokesperson for the Obi-Datti Campaign Council.
The declaration reads:.
“Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the election for president on February 25, 2023, has received calls from associates, wise men, family, and friends who are worried about his personal safety.
These worries have grown significantly over the last few days as Mr. Obi has come under intense pressure to leave the country, most likely from sources connected to the All-Progressive Congress (APC) and its operatives in the security services. Mr. Obi has repeatedly and categorically been told that he must leave the country or risk being detained on unfounded charges of fomenting insurrection.
It is difficult to understand, as well as unfortunate and regrettable, that state institutions have joined the APC’s well-planned, deliberate, and orchestrated campaign of slander in an effort to delegitimize Mr. Peter Obi and force him to give up his right to file a lawsuit after the results of the previous election, which were deemed to have fallen short of all acceptable local and international standards of credibility and fairness. “.
Tanko also claimed that a recent audio in which Obi is alleged to have said during a phone call with Bishop Oyedepo Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church that the presidential election is “a religious war” was altered and spread as part of a larger scheme to de-market Obi.
The party also claimed that some Muslim clerics in the North were disseminating the Hausa-translated audio in an effort to deceive locals in the area.
said the group.
“As part of the overall plan, they are disseminating a phony, altered audio call. Mr. Peter Obi never suggested that the 2023 election was or is a religious war at any point during the campaign or up to the present. The attempts to manipulate Nigerians are despicable and extremely sad. Our legal team has been given the go-ahead to file the proper legal claims against Peoples Gazette and others.
“Despite the fake audio call’s being denounced publicly, its contents have been translated into other Nigerian languages and distributed in the majority of Northern Nigeria, with some of our Moslem clerics being duped and encouraged to use the contents for their sermons at various Mosques during the customary Friday prayers. This is a risky development at a time when the APC-led government and the APC party, who were unfairly and unjustly given the victory, ought to be more concerned with resolving the ethnic and religious tensions that the election’s unfavorable results have unavoidably brought about.
“Yet unsatisfied but determined to create more issues, Mr. Lai Mohammed, who sees himself as a modern-day Gobbeal, is touring some chosen nations to present an alternative account of the invalidated election in 2023. From his first statement in Washington, he has taken on the role of the courts by asserting that Mr. Obi has no chance of winning. This is a waste of taxpayers’ money (the money of Nigeria) and a clear attempt to intimidate the judiciary.
“Many more smear campaigns against Mr. Peter Obi are forthcoming, both before and during the legal proceedings. In spite of the pressure being placed on Mr. Peter Obi and his family, we want to make it clear to the APC party, APC-led government, and its agents that he has no intention of leaving the country at this time. He is committed to challenging the election’s results, as he stated in his first and only press conference after the vote, and the procedure has already started. It is his basic right!
Mr. Peter Obi’s focus and commitment is to lawfully and peacefully retrieve our mandate to secure and unite our Nation, take Nigeria from consumption to production, pull millions of Nigerians out of multidimensional poverty especially in the North, and jumpstart prosperity through agricultural, industrial, and technological revolution. “While we call on all concerned Nigerians and the International Community to caution APC and the APC Led-government to stop their nasty attacks. “