The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has tackled former Anambra state governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, for his comments about his style of campaign.
Shortly after his defeat at the senatorial poll, Nnamani, the former governor of Enugu, accused Obi of using “his devious opium served to Christians and to Igbo domiciled in different sections of Nigeria” to set the “political trajectory of the region 24 years back”.
He alleged that Obi used the “message of hate, bile and incitement” to subjugate people of the southeast.
Responding on Tuesday, Obi said he is the direct opposite of the picture painted by Nnamani.
The former governor of Anambra said he always champions issues-based campaigns.
“I find it very shocking that you had to label me as an ethnic and religious bigot and as one who indulges in a campaign of hatred. In this instance, I like to state unequivocally that I am the direct opposite of what you said in your statement and what my campaigns have been,” he said.
“I want to believe that my dear elder brother must have mistaken me for someone else because, in this campaign, I have consistently championed issues-based campaigns, and maintained so, even using illustrations and data to buttress my position, to the extent that I have been accused of using data wrongly and media houses had to create fact-check desks just to monitor and address issues I raised during campaigns.
“I have been on record to have insisted severally throughout the country that I should not be voted for based on any ethnic or religious link but to be considered based on character, character, capacity, and compassion. I have always respectfully requested that my track records & integrity be verified.
“I will also like to challenge anybody including, my dear elder brother to show anywhere in my public appearance where I in any way portrayed ethnic, or religious bigotry or where I called names, even when I came to campaign in Enugu state.”
Following the declaration of Bola Tinubu as president-elect, Obi proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.
The LP presidential candidate said he won the election and will prove it to Nigerians.
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