The Presidential candidate of Labour Party Peter Obi has responded to treason accusation made against him by the federal government of Nigeria.
The federal government of Nigeria through the Minister of Information Lai Muhammed on Monday while addressing newsmen in Washington DC, accused Peter Obi of committing a treason offences by his speech against the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.
According to Lai Muhammed, “Obi and his Vice, Datti Ahmed cannot be threatening Nigerians that if the President- elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is sworn-in on May 29, it will be the end of democracy in Nigeria.
“This is treason. You cannot be inviting insurrection, and this is what they are doing. “Obi’s statement is that of a desperate person, he is not a democrat that he claimed to be.
“A democrat should not believe in democracy only when he wins election,” he said.
The minister further stated that in challenging the election results, there was no pathway to victory for results, there was no pathway to victory for either Obi and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Both Obi and Atiku failed to meet the constitutional requirements to be declared as president.”The constitution has stringent criteria for any body who want to be president of the country.”
“Not only must he has the plurality of vote cast in an election, he must also have scored one quarter of votes cast in at least 25 states He said.
Responding to the accusations, Peter Obi in a post on his official Twitter handle on Tuesday described the statement of the Nigeria’s Information minister as campaign of calumny directed at his person.
According to him,h e said that he have been the only candidate advocating for peace and issue-based campaign and never campaigned based on ethnicity or religion.
The Statement Reads
In the past few days, I have observed various campaigns of calumny directed at my person, with the latest being allegations attributed to the information Minister, Lai Mohammed from Washington DC.
I am on record as always, advocating for peace and issue-based campaign and never campaigned based on ethnicity or religion. I am committed to due process, and presently seeking redress in the Court.
I urge those engaged in this demarketing process to stop presenting Nigeria in such bad light. Our future generations deserve a new Nigeria, where they con live a secure and decent life like counterparts in other climes. It possible. -PO