Fake news ‘ll not derail my mission for a new Nigeria – Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25, 2023 election, Mr Peter Obi, has warned that merchants fake news allegedly using his name would not distract or derail his focus for a new Nigeria.

In a series of tweets Obi who restated his vision for a new Nigeria noted, “I have noticed with dismay, an emerging pattern, where fake media reports and news items are predicated on interviews and press remarks I never granted.

Obi mentioned among many others, “Two recent instances relating to my saying that I am looking forward to running for office in 2027 on a supposed Arise TV interview that never took place and the other, about my reaction to prospective appointees into the current federal government”

He described both reports as bogus. “Regrettably, our politics have sunken to this level where manipulation of the media space is now a trade,” he lamented

Undaunted, although disappointed, the former Anambra state governor said “For me, I shall continue to speak on topical national issues via recognised news and media outfits, but certainly will not concern myself with cheap distractive trolls.

“My focus and that of the Obidient Movement that l lead will not derail from the original mission of creating a new Nigeria which we believe is possible.

On the issue of poaching his supporters to serve in the new government, Obi said “our emphasis has never been on political positions or personal aggrandisement but on putting the process right and deepening our democracy and helping the downtrodden in our society.

“That was why our messages during the electioneering were all issue-driven.”

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