The Presidential candidate of Labour Party Peter Obi had disassociated himself from the comment attributed to him where he was alledgedly quoted ” No Serious Leader Will Go On Rest”
Peter Obi debunked the rumour through his media adviser Mr Valentine Obienyem in a statement on Tuesday.
According to Obienyem, Obi never said such, and those spreading the alleged statement are only trying to drag him into every controversy and distract him from the mission of saving Nigeria.
The LP presidential candidate had visited the Muslim community in Anambra State to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr with them.
He was asked by newsmen why he didn’t take time to rest.
According to Obienyem in a statement on Tuesday, Obi’s response was: “Well, those who need rest should have rest. Those of us who don’t need rest should continue to work.”
However, he said Obi’s statement was misinterpreted by some sections of the media who reported him as saying that “no serious leader will go on rest”.
“For me, politics is not about the office; it’s about helping to get a better society. If you are in politics because of office, it’s wrong. Politics is about the good of the society. As I am leaving here, I am going to the hospital to support people in the hospital. That’s what politics is about,” Obienyem quoted Obi as saying.
“Well, those who need rest should have rest. Those of us who don’t need rest should continue to work,” Obi added.
While blaming some media outfits for twisting Obi’s statement, Obienyem submitted that the interpretation was part of the ploy to make sure “the former Anambra state governor is dragged into every controversy to distract attention and remove his focus on the issue and on the mission of rescuing Nigeria”.