Because the February 25 presidential election, Nigerians have been waking as much as one information or one other regarding among the hottest candidates.
One among such candidates is Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Get together, LP.
It’s now not information that among the presidential candidates have been accused of embezzling public funds, buying and selling in narcotics and cash laundering.
However Peter Obi who’s dubbed “Mr Clear ”, is now dealing with myriads of controversies, particularly from members of the opposition camps.
In 2021, a Pandora Paper investigation had alleged that Obi operated international financial institution accounts and operated shell firms integrated in tax havens to launder public funds and dodge taxes.
The Pandora Papers is a leak of about 12 million paperwork that exposed hidden wealth and tax avoidance by among the world’s wealthy and highly effective males.
Obi mentioned it was exhilarating that nowhere within the article was he accused of any type of corruption, whether or not within the type of diversion of public funds or in every other method throughout and after his stewardship because the governor of Anambra State.
He defined that the allegation bordered extra on tax avoidance and non-declaration of some collectively owned property and it didn’t allege that he had been engaged in illegal enterprise ventures at any time
Nevertheless, these previous months, there have been high-profile allegations about Peter Obi whose supporters tout the phrase, “go and confirm.
DAILY POST highlights among the allegations which a few of his supporters have termed as ‘propaganda of calumny towards Obi who got here third within the presidential election.
Peter Obi’s alleged arrest
Professor Chinyere Okunna, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Paul College Awka, and a confidant of Peter Obi, final week narrated how Peter Obi was detained in London by UK immigration officers.
Okunna mentioned Obi was detained over alleged impersonation. He was stopped and questioned for a very long time and handed a detention word, directing him to attend for additional interrogation and investigation.
In line with Okunna, Obi learnt in regards to the stunning growth by way of a revelation by the Immigration Officer who advised him that his id was duplicated.
She, nevertheless, didn’t spotlight the mandatory particulars of Mr Obi’s subsequent launch earlier than returning to the nation.
Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had in response to the event, claimed that the APC-led federal authorities facilitated the discharge of Peter Obi from the detention cell within the UK.
Alongside a photoshopped picture of a UK Immigration Officer, Peter Obi and Abike Dabiri, Chairman/Chief Government Officer, Nigeria Diaspora Fee, Adamu asserted that Peter Obi’s journey paperwork have been pretend and he was rescued by Abike, a declare which was debunked.
Peter Obi and Bishop Oyedepo audio
Previously week, a leaked audio between Peter Obi and Bishop David Oyedepo of Residing Religion Church has raised concern in regards to the former Anambra Governor taking part in politics of ethnicity and faith.
Within the audio clip, Mr Obi allegedly requested Bishop Oyedepo to assist canvas for votes from Christians within the South-west and North-central elements of Nigeria.
Addressing him as “daddy”, the LP’s flag-bearer described the simply concluded presidential election as a ‘non secular warfare.
“Daddy, I would like you to talk to your individuals within the South-West and Kwara, the Christians within the South-West and Kwara. It is a non secular warfare,” Peter Obi allegedly mentioned.
The leaked audio sparked controversy however Obi denied it, saying it was pretend.
He additionally requested critics to supply proof and added that his authorized crew would take applicable authorized motion on the matter.
Lai Mohammed treason accusation
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Info and Tradition, accused Peter Obi of committing treason as a result of he didn’t appropriate an announcement attributed to his working mate, Datti Baba Ahmed.
Datti had opined that the president-elect, Bola Tinubu didn’t should be sworn in as Nigeria’s president as a result of he wasn’t duly elected.
He insisted that Tinubu didn’t meet all of the constitutional necessities for him to be declared the President-elect and that swearing him in would result in an unconstitutional authorities.
Lai Mohammed reacted by saying that Datti’s assertion was treason and it was inviting rebel by inciting individuals to violence over the result of the elections.
Obi debunked his accusation, saying it was completely malicious and fictitious.
He pressured that he had by no means mentioned or inspired anybody to undermine the Nigerian state and had by no means sponsored or preached any motion towards the Nigerian state.
Chimaroke Nnamani accuses Obi of Bigotry
Following his defeat on the Enugu East Senatorial election, former governor, Chimaroke Nnamani accused Obi of taking part in depraved and harmful politics.
He mentioned Peter Obi had “set the Igbo political trajectory 24 years again”.
However, the LP flag-bearer mentioned he believes that Nnamani should have mistaken him for another person as a result of he ran an issue-based marketing campaign.
Difficult Nnamani to show he portrayed ethnic, or non secular bigotry,
Obi mentioned it’s on file that he has been the one one who insisted to not be voted for based mostly on any ethnic or non secular hyperlink, however to be thought of based mostly on character, capability, and compassion.
Talking on the allegations, Dr Tanko Yususa, the Labour Get together Presidential Council spokesperson, accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of sponsoring a marketing campaign of calumny on Peter Obi.
Tanko pressured that the assault is making Peter Obi extra fashionable worldwide.
”Obi is extra fashionable due to how they’re elevating points about him. No matter they’re doing is making us extra fashionable, individuals are seeing that it’s a marketing campaign of calumny, a damaging marketing campaign that doesn’t maintain water.
”For instance, they began attacking his political social gathering, making an attempt to take away the Chairman from the social gathering, making an attempt to verify there’s a faction inside the social gathering, in an try and make it possible for they weaken the construction, our candidate and the case we now have in court docket.
”The APC is accountable for this. The opposite individuals answerable for the faction have been seen in footage with Governor Abiodun of Ogun State, that’s to point out you that they’re being sponsored. How did they get a SAN to signify them in a case? Have you learnt how a lot it’s to get a SAN?
”All the things they’re making an attempt to do is to discover a approach of bringing down the recognition of Peter Obi however the extra they struggle, the extra he will get fashionable,” he advised DAILY POST.
Additionally talking, veteran Nigerian singer and activist, Charles Oputa, AKA Charlyboy advised DAILY POST that the opposition APC will proceed to fail of their bid to tarnish Peter Obi’s picture.
”Na APC planted these individuals to take over the LP workplace. Regardless of the trouble of APC to discredit or soil his integrity they can not succeed. All these are propaganda and never the actual fact.
”All these allegations about Obi have been debunked. We’ve got individuals digging the reality, even the Oyedepo audio was cloned. They used AI to do it. Persons are conscious that they used AI to govern the audio,” he said.
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