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General News of Tuesday, 13 September 2022


#ProtectPeterObi: Festus Keyamo in hot water over fake assassination claim on LP candidate

A collage of Peter Obi and Festus Keyamo A collage of Peter Obi and Festus Keyamo

The Director of Media and Public Affairs, and Official Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, has come under fire for claiming that the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, is planning to fake his assassination attempt.

In a statement on Monday, September 12, Keyamo who is also the Minister of Labour and Employment alleged that Obi intends to cast a dark cloud against the ruling party by hiring some supporters dressed in the APC caps and T-shirts to attack some of Labour party’s offices.

This follows the accusation that the former Anambra governor is behind the hate-filled video that sort to discredit the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The statement read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to an offensive, hate-filled video made and circulated by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, in which he accused an amorphous and non-existent “Tinubu’s Group” of spreading a WhatsApp message calling on the Yoruba people not to vote for him. The purported message, according to Mr. Obi, forewarned the Yoruba that a vote for Obi would be a vote for a seaport in South-South and South-East.

“We are also aware that plans are afoot by Mr. Peter Obi to fake an assassination attempt on himself and hire Labour Party boys dressed in the APC caps and T-shirts to attack some Labour Party offices. It is all part of the “US Plan”. It is the first in a series of incendiary actions planned by this ill-prepared but desperate candidate.

“Again, we note that Mr. Obi’s latest stunt is consistent with what is now widely perceived as his adoption of hate as campaign strategy, having consistently failed to rein in his known and identifiable supporters, mostly domiciled on social media, threatening political opponents with violence and death.

“We call on all well-meaning Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic origins or political divides, to rise up and condemn this tactless tactics and cheap maneuver by a desperate non-starter of a presidential candidate who has decided to resort to crude revisionism, ethnic jingoism and crass insensitivity with a view to whipping up undeserved sentiment to fuel his faltering ambition that is nothing but a flash in a pan. Our advice to Mr. Peter Obi is to quit the race if he has nothing more to tell Nigerians.”

The statement has been described as offensive by many supporters of Peter Obi, popularly known as Obidients.

With the hashtag #ArrestFestusKeyamo #ProtectPeterObi now trending, many are calling for a thorough investigation into the Keyamo’s claim and how he came about it.


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