The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has responded to allegations of ethno-religious bigotry levelled against him by former Governor of Enugu state, Chimaroke Nnamani, who went off on a rant after losing a senatorial election to a Labour party candidate.
Asides from accusing Obi of whipping up ethnic and religious sentiments in his quest to win the 2023 presidency, Chimaroke also claimed that the Labour Party presidential candidate exploited the nation’s fault lines to advance his personal cause.
Responding to Chimaroke’s claim, Obi stated that he must be mistaking him with someone else. Obi, who advised Chimaroke to desist from such “senseless and unsubstantiated allegations just to dent one’s image”, said he told Nigerians not to vote for him(Obi) based on any ethnic or religious link, but to be considered based on Character, Character, Capacity, and Compassion.
Read his letter below..
“Throughout these electioneering campaigns, you have consistently cast aspersions on my person, despite my always being respectful to you as an elder brother, and never publicly or privately commenting negatively about you.
“I am really surprised that you as my dear elder brother would go out of the way in the exercise of his fundamental rights of freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in our law to go into saying what he knows is not true.
“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.
“I want to believe that my dear elder brother must have mistaken me for someone else because, in this campaign, 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.