Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the just-concluded Nigerian elections, has rejected alleged attempts to force him to flee the country, News About Nigeria reports.
Speaking at the Onitsha Holiday Resort in Onitsha, the former Anambra State Governor emphasized the party’s commitment to creating a new Nigeria.
Obi had earlier accused some unidentified persons of mounting pressure on him to leave the country or face treason charges.
However, he refused to yield to the pressure and pledged to continue the LP’s campaign against corruption and impunity.
During the event, Obi decried the suffering of the masses caused by the actions of corrupt politicians, whom he referred to as “thieves.”
He assured Nigerians that the Labour Party was determined to purge the political system of these corrupt individuals and create a better future for the country.
“There is too much suffering in this country, and, that is what we, in Labour Party, are fighting to end. There are many thieves in the country. So, Labour Party is fighting to create a new Nigeria. I am here with you, and nobody is going to force me to leave Nigeria,” Obi declared.
The LP presidential candidate’s comments come amidst rising concerns about political stability and security in Nigeria.
In recent months, there have been reports of rising insecurity, including kidnappings, banditry, and insurgent attacks, as well as allegations of electoral malpractice and abuse of power.
Obi’s stance has garnered mixed reactions from Nigerians, with some expressing support for his commitment to the country’s development, while others criticized him for making unfounded claims of persecution.
However, many have praised him for his courage and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
In a statement released earlier, the Labour Party had condemned the alleged attempts to intimidate Obi, describing them as a violation of his fundamental human rights.
The party also called on the government to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians, especially those involved in the democratic process.
The LP had also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of rigging the elections, claiming that the party had engaged in vote-buying and other forms of electoral malpractice.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC as the winner of the election.