Former Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi says he has never encouraged anyone to undermine the Nigerian state, sponsored or preached any action against the country.
Obi in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Obi-Datti Presidential campaign, Diran Onifade in Abuja frowned at recent comments made by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.
On Tuesday, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a parley in Washington D.C. had accused Obi and his Vice-Presidential candidate, Datti Baba-Ahmed of treason by inciting the citizens to revolt against the announcement of Bola Tinubu as the President-elect.
According to the statement, Obi is not perturbed by the minister bandying around the word ‘treason’ because, as far as he was concerned, he had taken the legal route towards the recovery of his mandate and that he remained committed to that.
“Any person ‘seeing’ treason in a clear legal process should explain to Nigerians how opting for the tribunal by myself and my Deputy amounts to treason”.
“The Minister accused Obi of stoking the fire of insurrection is totally fictitious and malicious. He has never advocated or encouraged anyone to undermine the Nigerian state, he has never sponsored or preached any action against the Nigerian state”, it reads.
The statement described as unfortunate that these consistent efforts to portray Obi in a manner, quite contrary to what he is and his core values are coming from such high quarters.
It called on Nigerians to always remain law-abiding and hopeful for the coming of the “new Nigeria”.
It also urged those engaged in this demarketing process to stop presenting Nigeria in such bad light.
Reporting by Georgina Humphrey; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu