The All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council has roundly condemned the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi for circulating ‘an offensive, hate-filled video’ in which he accused a non-existent ‘Tinubu’s Group’ of spreading a WhatsApp message calling on Yoruba not to vote for him.
The spokesperson of the council, Festus Keyamo, in a statement, titled: “The offensive video by Mr. Peter Obi,” said the attention of the council had been drawn to an offensive, hate-filled video made and circulated by Obi, in which he accused an amorphous and non-existent “Tinubu’s Group” of spreading a WhatsApp message calling on the Yoruba not to vote for him.
He said the purported message, according to Obi, forewarned the Yoruba that a vote for the presidential candidate would be a vote for a seaport in South-South and South-East regions.
The statement denied the existence of such a group within the campaign council, insisting that all groups supporting the council are properly designated with specific function. According to Keyamo, as the take-off date for campaigns drew closer, Obi had suddenly realised that Nigerians are beginning to burst his bubbles as his messages were bereft of ideas, depth and clear-cut solutions to the challenges.
He said Obi’s messages were only full of false data and highfalutin jargons in what is clearly a disingenuous ruse to distract a scrutiny of his empty records as a Governor of Anambra State and nothing else, hence his easy recourse to playing ethnic card and fanning the ember of hate.
Keyamo further said the council was also aware that plans were afoot by Obi to fake an assassination attempt on himself, and hire Labour Party’s boys dressed in APC caps and T-shirts to attack some Labour Party offices.
“It is all part of the “U.S Plan”. It is the first in a series of incendiary actions planned by this ill-prepared but desperate candidate. We call on all well-meaning Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic origins or political divides, to rise up and condemn this tactless tactics and cheap manoeuver 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 Peter Obi is to quit the race if he has nothing more to tell Nigerians”, he stated.