Treason: Peter Obi reacts to FG’s accusation

Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the recently concluded elections has reacted to allegation of treason levelled against him by the federal government.

The government on Tuesday, through Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, accused Mr Obi of conducts relating to treason.

Mr Mohammed said the remarks of the former Anambra governor and his running mate, Datti-Ahmed, were 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.”

He said that the opposition candidate who, according to him, is desperate “is not a democrat that he claimed to be.”

Reacting in a statement published on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, Mr Obi denied the allegations.

“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,” the LP standard-bearer wrote.

“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,” he added.