Obi, Nnamani Trade Tackles Over Allegations of Ethnic, Religious Incitement

Obi, Nnamani Trade Tackles Over Allegations of Ethnic, Religious Incitement

  • Labour Party's presidential bannerman, Peter Obi, has distanced himself from any form of religious and ethnic bigotry
  • This is coming after embattled lawmaker Senator Chimaroke Nnamani accused the former Anambra state governor as a religious and ethnic bigot
  • Obi, however, challenged Senator Nnamani to show proof of where he had ever portrayed religious or ethnic bigotry

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has dismissed the allegation levelled against him by Senator Chimaroke Nnamani that his campaign was laced with ethnoreligious incitement.

On Tuesday, March 21, Obi said contrary to Senator Nnamani's allegations, he is the direct opposite of what the Enugu state governor perceives him to be.

Peter Obi
Peter Obi has proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the 2023 presidential election following the declaration of Bola Tinubu as president-elect. Photo: Peter Obi
Source: UGC

As reported by TheCable, Obi said

“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.”

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Obi, who described Nnamani as his elder brother, stated that the renowned senator must have mistaken him for someone else while noting that his campaign was always issue-based.

He said:

"... 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."

The LP bannerman also noted that on several occasions during his campaigns, he always said that he should not be voted on the premise of religion or ethnic sentiments but rather on the premise of capacity, track record and integrity, The Nigerian Tribune reported.

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He further challenged the senator to show where he had ever portrayed any form of ethnoreligious incitement.

Obi said:

“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.”

“Declare Abia, Enugu Results Immediately,” Peter Obi Urges INEC

In another development, the national leadership of the Labour Party is not happy about the suspension of the election results in Abia and Enugu states.

In a new statement, LP's flagbearer, Peter Obi, instructed INEC release the election results of the two southeast states immediately.

The former presidential hopeful maintained that the ongoing delay of the state's results would affect the commission’s intent and credibility.


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