Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate at the 2023 elections, has responded to the Federal Government’s accusation of treason.
Obi responded to a charge of treason brought against him by the federal government through Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information.
The LP candidate 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.”
On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in Washington DC, the minister engaged in discussions about the recently concluded 2023 elections with international media outlets and think tanks. He claimed that Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba Ahmed Yusuf, have been encouraging insurrection ever since they lost the presidential election on February 25.
Lai Muhammed said, “Obi and his Vice, Datti Ahmed cannot be threatening Nigerians that if the President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is sworn in on May 29, it will be the end of democracy in Nigeria.
“This is treason. You cannot be inviting insurrection, and this is what they are doing.
“Obi’s statement is that of a desperate person, he is not a democrat that he claimed to be.”