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2023: Peter Obi Roars As INEC Move For His Disqualification Over Claims
The Labour Party’s Presidential Peter Obi has reacted to claims making rounds on the media which is posing a danger of disqualification to his bid.
Obi, who has focused on diaspora trips, from Europe to US few weeks has received a backlash from the opposition party that the tour was targeted at generating monetary donations from residents abroad.
Though the media team of LP candidate had made clarification earlier noting the trips were honouring of invitation.
The ex-governor of Anambra State has since added his voice to refute the allegation that his campaign has been wired at least $150 million in donations from diaspora sources.
Seeking his removal from the approaching election, a group under the aegis of Tinubu-Shettima Connect called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to disqualify Peter Obi over the purported rumour, adding the action violates the Electoral Act on campaign funding.
The LP presidential representative, Obi made this clear during a meeting with Nigerians in London and said the information from Shettima’s group was based on mere speculation.
In his words partly: “Nobody has given me anything, that is speculation. What I need is not what they would give me. But what they would give Nigeria, because we need them to turn around Nigeria.
He continued: “This is the energy, the capacity that we need to turn around Nigeria. Every country that was turned around, was done by the diaspora. Even in the Bible, Joseph who left later came back to feed his people.”
He maintained the journey is on a consultation on how to get Nigerians outside involved in achieving and that is replicated throughout his speeches.
“It is not campaign, it is consultation, I am consulting Nigerian diasporans to know why they should be involved in the Nigerian electoral process. And you can see from my conversation and everything that what I am doing is saying let’s get involved.
“They are the most critical components of turning around Nigeria. The investment Nigeria needs to turn around is diasporans. If they believe in Nigeria and bring their resources, both in terms of their material, talent, and energy, we will turn around the country.”
“Nigeria 2023 election should not be based on ethnicity, religion, connection, ‘my turn’, or any bias, It must be on character, competence, capacity, and determination to deal with the problems of Nigeria, he added.