Obi rejects Nigerian government treason allegation, pledges commitment to rule of law

Obi rejects Nigerian government treason allegation, pledges commitment to rule of law

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has rejected the accusation of treason leveled against him by the Federal Government.

Obi responded to a charge of treason brought against him by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of information.

Integrity News reported that the Nigerian government accused the opposition candidate of inciting violence against the government.

Lai Muhammed disclosed this while interacting with international media organisations and think-tanks on the just concluded 2023 polls on Tuesday in Washington DC.

He said Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed Yusuf had been inviting insurrection since they lost the February 25 presidential election.

In a series of tweets after the accusation, Obi said some people in high places are demarketing him, adding that there have been consistent efforts in some quarters to portray the wrong side of him.

He wrote: “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.

“It is most unfortunate that these consistent efforts to portray me quite contrary to what I am, and my core values, is coming from such high quarters. Minister Lai accusing me of stoking insurrection is totally malicious and fictitious.

“I have never discussed or encouraged anyone to undermine the Nigerian state; I have never sponsored or preached any action against the Nigerian state. Those initiating these actions have increasingly used their official positions and agents to make false allegations against me.

” 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 can live a secure and decent life like their counterparts in other climes. It is possible.”

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