Paschal Emeka, Abuja
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi, has accused the opposition of insinuating fake news and misinformation against him using social media.
The statement might not be unconnected to increasing complaints and allegations against the teeming supporters of Mr Obi, known as the ‘Obedient’.
Recall that the presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had claimed that supporters of Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi were defaming him.
Tinubu, in a statement signed by Director, Media and Communications, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, had urged Obi to call his supporters to order, warning that “falsehood and disinformation will not win elections”.
But in a series of tweets via his Twitter handle, Mr Obi said oppositions have taken to trolling and misinformation, and later turned back to blame the Labour Party and its supporters.
“As we approach the official kick-off of the 2023 election campaign, it has become evident that the opposition has adopted a negative strategy of trolling and insinuating fake news and misinformation in the social media space and blaming the Labour Party, its presidential candidate and their supporters for the same, ” he said.
Obi said the Labour Party remains resolute in its commitment to an issue-based and clean campaign.
“We will also rebuff all such ploys of deceit and calumny meant to create disaffection among Nigeria’s voting population, who desire credible leadership change’’, he added.