Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate in the recently held general elections, has reacted to the allegations of inciting violence, and of treason levelled against him by Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture.
Mohammed who is currently in the United States engaging international press on the outcome of the February 25 presidential election, had accused Obi – who has since challenged the outcome of the election in court – of committing treason.
Reacting to the accusation a statement posted via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, Obi said the minister is promoting a campaign of calumny against him, which he said would fall.
“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,” Obi said.
“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.”