ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) has accused the opposition of sponsoring fake news and misinformation about him on using social media.
Obi’s claim is suspected to be in response to increasing complaints and allegations against his teeming supporters known as the ‘Obedients’.
Recall that the presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had said that supporters of Peter Obi were defaming him.
Tinubu had in a statement signed by Director, Media and Communications, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, 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 of same,’ he said.
Obi maintains that 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.