Treason allegation, fake video: APC’s ploy to divert attention from my stolen mandate – Obi
* Vows to remain focused
By Steve Oko
Labour Party presidential flag bearer, Peter Obi, has said that the recent treason allegation against him by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the fake audio of a purported phone conversation between him and Bishop David Oyedepo, were all attempts by the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC-led Government, and its agents to divert attention away from his stolen mandate.
Obi who stated this in a series of post on his Twitter handle, insisted that he won the February 25 presidential poll but that his votes were suppressed and the results manipulated in favour of the APC candidate.
“The present attempts by the APC as a party, and the APC led-Government through some Government officials and agencies to divert our attention from our blatantly stolen mandate is unfortunate and sad.
“These have come and continued to manifest in different ways, such as the malicious accusation of the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, the circulation of a fake doctored audio call, and a pressure on me to leave the country”, Obi tweeted.
Obi who maintained that the said audio was fake and fabricated to demarket him, denied ever referring to the 2023 polls as a religious war.
He described the desperation by the ruling party to manipulate Nigerians and change the narrative to conceal its acts as evil, absurd and unacceptable.
The LP candidate said his legal team had taken appropriate steps to seek redress in the court.
“Let me reiterate that the audio call being circulated is fake, and at no time throughout the campaign and now did I ever say, think, or even imply that the 2023 election is, or was a religious war.
“The attempts to manipulate Nigerians is very sad and wicked. Our legal team have been instructed to take appropriate legal actions against Peoples Gazette and others.”
Obi said that no amount of distraction would make him lose focus on his avowed determination to recover his stolen mandate.
He called on the international community to prevail on the ruling APC not to destroy Nigeria’s democracy.
“While we call on all concerned Nigerians and the International Community to implore the APC and the APC led-Government to stop their nasty attacks, my focus and commitment 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 remain unchanged.”
Obi restated that there was never a time he canvased support based on his religion or tribe, but said he had always solicited votes based on competence and capacity.
“Before, during, and after the campaign, it is on record that I have maintained my commitment and focus on issue-based campaign about a New Nigeria that is possible, a shift of emphasis from consumption to production, a New Nigeria characterized by inclusion, justice, equity, fairness, and prosperity.
“I repeatedly stated that no one should vote for me based on Tribe or Religion, but rather on the assessment of Character, Competence, Capacity, Credibility, and Compassion that can be trusted to create a New Nigeria!”
The tweet obtained by Wawa News Global further read:”Elections are over, and we are in court to retrieve our stolen mandate. Let me reiterate that we are doing so through all lawful and peaceful options in line with our legal system and constitution, and I continue to implore all Nigerians to remain peaceful and law abiding.
“Those fixated with heating up the polity, creating divisions, tensions and hatred within and outside Nigeria should remember that Nigeria is our only country. Our focus should be on how to address the litany of challenges facing us, such as: flawed electoral processes, the parlous state of our economy, unsustainable debt burden, lamentable unemployment and inflation, insecurity, and multi-dimensional poverty. A New Nigeria is indeed POssible, and God will help us.”
Obi thanked all Nigerians especially the youths for their continued unflinching support for him despite all the odds, urging them to sustain the tempo.
“I continue to thank all Nigerians, especially the youths and the Obidients, as they have remained focused on the core mission of a New Nigeria that is possible even after the February 25, 2023 presidential election.”
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