The Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, LP-PCC, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of a well-calculated and orchestrated campaign to discredit and compel the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to abandon his right to seek redress in court, following the outcome of the last election.
In a statement, on Thursday, by a chief spokesperson of the Obi-Datti Campaign Council,. Tanko Yunusa, Obi was recently contacted by associates, elder statesmen, family and friends with concerns for his personal safety, saying no amount of pressure would force Obi to flee the country.
“Mr Obi has been repeatedly and categorically told that he has a choice to leave the country or face the prospect of being arrested on false charges of inciting insurrection in the country
“We continue to thank all Nigerians, especially the youths and Obedient as they have remained focused on the core mission of a New Nigeria that is possible, even after the presidential elections of February 25, 2023.
Tanko described the attempt to manipulate Nigerians through this tactics as “very sad and wicked”, noting that the party’s legal team would be taking actions against peddlers of the fake audio conversation.
He said, more worrisome was the fact that, “despite the public denunciation of the fake audio call, its contents have been translated to other Nigerian languages and circulated in most parts of Northern Nigeria with some of our Moslem clerics deceived and instigated to use the contents for their sermons at various Mosques during the usual Friday prayers.
According to Tanko, “Before, throughout and after the campaigns, it is on record that Mr Obi maintained his commitment and focus on an issues-based campaign, about a New Nigeria that is possible, a shift of emphasis from consumption to production, as well as a New Nigeria characterized by inclusion, justice, equity, fairness and prosperity.
”He repeatedly stated that no one should vote for him based on tribe or religion, but rather on the assessment of character, competence, capacity, credibility and compassion
“This is a dangerous development at a time when the APC led-government and the APC party, which have been awarded undeserved and unfair victory should be more concerned in addressing the ethnic and religious frictions unfortunately created by the outcome of the elections.