The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25 election, Peter Obi, has said the campaign he ran prior to the election was not based on ethnicity or religion.
Obi said this in a statement on Tuesday in reaction to the allegations attributed to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, which he made at a media briefing in Washington DC, United States on Monday.
Mohammed accused Obi of treason, which the LP candidate described as part of campaigns of calumny against his person.
Obi said, “In the past few days, I have observed various campaigns of calumny directed at my person, with the latest being allegations attributed to the information Minister, Lai Mohammed from Washington DC.
“It is most unfortunate that these consistent efforts to portray me quite contrary to what I am, and my core values, is coming from such high quarters. Minister Lai accusing me of stoking insurrection is totally malicious and fictitious.
“I have never discussed or encouraged anyone to undermine the Nigerian state; I have never sponsored or preached any action against the Nigerian state. Those initiating these actions have increasingly used their official positions and agents to make false allegations against me.
“I am on record as always, advocating for peace and issue-based campaign and never campaigned based on ethnicity or religion. I am committed to due process, and presently seeking redress in the Court.
“I urge those engaged in this demarketing process to stop presenting Nigeria in such bad light. Our future generations deserve a new Nigeria, where they can live a secure and decent life like their counterparts in other climes. It is possible. -PO.”
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