Pressure is mounting on the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to leave Nigeria.
However, the party’s Presidential Campaign Council has dismissed the claims, stating that Obi has no intention of leaving the country.
In a statement released on Thursday by the Chief Spokesperson, Obi-Datti Campaign Council, Dr. Tanko Yunusa, the council said that the pressure being mounted on the former Anambra State governor from some quarters was the work of mischief-makers who were bent on derailing Obi from pursuing justice through the court.
Obi had previously stated on Wednesday that he was being pressured to leave the country due to attacks against his person from different quarters.
The statement was released via his Twitter handle, where he also added that the leaked audio conversation between himself and the Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, was doctored and fake.
The PCC maintains that Obi has no intention of leaving Nigeria despite the pressure on him and his family.
The statement read, “Mr. Obi has been repeatedly and categorically told that he has a choice to leave Nigeria or face the prospect of being arrested on false charges of inciting insurrection in the country. It is difficult to fathom and regrettably unfortunate that state institutions have become part of a well-calculated, deliberate, and orchestrated campaign of calumny by the APC to discredit and delegitimize Mr. Peter Obi.”
The statement also called on Nigerians and the international community to caution the APC and the APC-led government to stop their attacks against Obi.
The council has instructed its legal team to take appropriate legal action against media outlets that make themselves willing tools in the hands of the APC’s malicious propagandists.
The Labour Party has alleged that the pressure on Obi is part of a grand design by the APC to discredit and delegitimize him and compel him to abandon his right to seek redress in court following the outcome of the last election, which was adjudged both locally and internationally to have failed to meet any standard of credibility or fairness.