Speculations that Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, had made a “political pact” to back Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, have been refuted by the media office of the Obi-Datti 2023 Presidential campaign.
In a statement released on Saturday in Abuja, the campaign office referred to the rumors as the work of charitable propagandists who likes twisting the truth in order to gain fictitious relevance for their patrons.
They blasted the perpetrators saying, “Rather than strive to contend with the hard sell of their candidates, these mischief makers bandy about misleading accounts of the issue-based messages of our candidates just to score cheap political points and thus distract the discerning public.
“While we understand the frustration of dealing in their hard-to-sell, “expired milk” [apologies to BAT] in a competitive market, the FairPlay rule demands that you don’t associate the good with the bad product. We demand honour even among thieves!
“We know the intention of the spin-doctors in selling an utterly false story that the high-flying Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, met with his PDP counterpart and reached a deal. Nothing can be further from the truth.”
Speaking further, they reaffirmed that Mr. Obi’s meetings and trips are usually in the public domain for all to see, adding that the lies are being concocted in an effort to clean up their candidate and make him sellable.
It further said, “Obi’s foreign trip, its motive, and where and who to meet are already in the public domain; his meeting in the UK with some Nigerian political leaders is visually seen by all.
“But mischievous propagandists prefer to concoct lies in a desperate effort to clean up their candidate.
“We understand why the focus is on the Obi-Datti candidacy; they are easily the front runners in this 2023 race and the tag team has irresistible messages that are resonating with the embattled Nigerian public who are anxious more than ever to reclaim and take back their country.
They also classified the Labour Party candidates as those on a rescue mission and cannot be distracted or mislead.
“The LP candidates are on a divine mission to rescue and rebuild this country and cannot be distracted by any fabrications intended to mislead.
“ If Obi’s mission is to rescue Nigeria from the old order, he ought not be seen working for the changing order.“
The media office pointed out that stories surrounding the subject reveal the writers as having burned out even before the election campaign began and now turning to fabricating supporters.
In order to “photoshop” the same Obi with their candidate, it was claimed, the same people who claimed that Obi was a social media phantom wave without any political organization were doing so today.
The media office equally said, “Obi’s respect for Atiku or any leader in this country has more to do with his sound upbringing and the fact that his style of politics is devoid of hate and bitterness and should not be misconstrued to be cavorting the spent order represented by the competition.
“These propagandists need to know that the movement Obi and Datti-Ahmed are driving is not something in control of one man negotiating it away.
“Nigerian people have taken the steering from Obi and are driving him to the Aso Rock Villa; they will not look sideways for distractions.
“Obi-Datti media office is privy to intelligence that many distorted stories will be dished to the public to create confusion in their minds of the public and notes that such a mission is dead on arrival because the people’s commitment to the Obedient assignment is total.”