Alleged Treason: "I’m Under Pressure to Leave Nigeria," Peter Obi Raises Alarm

Alleged Treason: "I’m Under Pressure to Leave Nigeria," Peter Obi Raises Alarm

  • Peter Obi is not pleased with the numerous allegations levelled against him since he filed a petition to challenge the outcome of the 2023 polls
  • The Labour Party presidential flagbearer, in a lengthy tweet on Wednesday, April 5, said all the allegations were false
  • He stated that it was an attempt by his foes to frustrate him out of the country on self-exile rather than having him stay behind to fight for electoral justice

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has raised an alarm that there is pressure on him to leave the country.

Obi, who lost the presidential elections in third place to Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress (APC), filed a petition to challenge the election outcome.

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Peter Obi filed a petition against INEC and the APC to challenge the outcome of the 2023 presidential polls. Photo: Peter Obi
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However, there have been numerous allegations against Obi, ranging from making statements that incite violence, which the minister of information, Mr Lai Mohammed, described as a treasonable offence.

A viral audio tape also recently hit social media where he was accused of describing the 2023 presidential polls as a religious war.

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In his tweet sighted by on Wednesday, April 5, Obi said:

"These have come and continued to manifest in different ways, such as the malicious accusation of the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, the circulation of a fake doctored audio call, and a pressure on me to leave the country."

Meanwhile, Obi vehemently denied the audio tape stating that he was not the person speaking. He also said the audio was another attempt to sway well-meaning Nigerians into believing cheap propaganda and blackmail targeted at him.

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He tweeted:

"Let me reiterate that the audio call being circulated is fake, and at no time throughout the campaign and now did I ever say, think, or even imply that the 2023 election is, or was a religious war
"The attempts to manipulate Nigerians is very sad and wicked. Our legal team have been instructed to take appropriate legal actions against Peoples Gazette and others."

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Meanwhile, Peter Obi has been criticised for frequently commenting against Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria's president-elect.

The minister of information, Lai Mohammed, says his inciting comments might trigger violence, which is a treasonable offence.

He criticised the Labour Party bannerman stating that he was undemocratic in his approach and utterances.


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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email:

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