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Leadership: Peter Obi should re-direct energy to ‘worthwhile vocation’, not casting aspersions on Judiciary, others –Presidency

Mr. Peter Obi

*The Nigerian Presidency urges Peter Obi to find another worthwhile vocation to engage his time instead of casting aspersions on the Judiciary and posing ‘danger to the peace, progress and stability’ of  the West African country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has responded to some pronouncements Mr. Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 election made at a press conference Monday, November 6, 2023.

The Presidency urged Obi to understand, that “the Supreme Court or any other court does not give judgment based on public opinion and mob sentiments.

“Judicial pronouncements are based on evidence, precedents and the rule of law.”

Obi while addressing the press conference Monday, just like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, had cast aspersions on the Supreme Court and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for not declaring him the winner of the last Presidential Election.

Obi still living under grand delusion: Onanuga

Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser (SA) to the President on Information and Strategy Monday stated: “We are at a loss as to how the copycat Obi and his faction of Labour Party convinced themselves they won an election in which they came a distant third.

“The grand delusion that made Obi believe he could have won a national election where he ran the most hateful, divisive and polarising campaign that pitched Christians against Muslims and one ethnic group against the other in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society like Nigeria should be a matter for deeper examination.”

The Presidential strategy aide noted at the press conference, “he tried, in vain, to gaslight Nigerians with false claims and innuendos, Obi contradicted himself.”

Onanuga said: “Here was a beneficiary of judicial pronouncements in the past now castigating the same court because its judgment did not go his way.

“Obi claimed the Supreme Court justices didn’t consider public opinion in delivering what has been applauded as a most profound judgement in an election appeal where the Labour Party candidate presented the most watery and unreasonable petition before any court in the history of electoral cases in Nigeria.”

The statement further noted that Obi “made false allegations of rigging and other electoral malpractices yet could not produce any evidence to back up his claims at both the court of first instance and at the apex court.

“In a failed effort to mobilise and retain the support of his supporters, Obi gave them a forlorn hope that he won the election and would prove it before the courts.”

The Nigerian Presidency said: “Throughout the trial, his lawyers didn’t present any alternative results different from the results INEC uploaded on the IReV portal and the ones signed by all party agents from the 176,000 polling units.

“We wonder how the Labour Party candidate expected  the courts to do justice on the basis of rumours, lies and false narratives by sponsored partisans and fanatical members of his Obidient Movement.”

Courts don’t give judgements based on public opinions, mob sentiments, says Presidency

The Federal Government also stated: “We expected the Labour Party candidate to know that the Supreme Court or any other court does not give judgment based on public opinion and mob sentiments.

“Judicial pronouncements are based on evidence, precedents and the rule of law.

“Having admitted that the Supreme Court ruling brought an end to litigation and any challenge to the bona-fide of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the validly elected leader of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Obi should have congratulated President Tinubu on his victory and pledge his support, in the spirit of statesmanship.”

The statement said: “But instead, he brought up extraneous matters that he thought the apex court should have considered to declare him the winner.

“In our view, the drowning Obi, just like Atiku, was merely attempting to hold on to a straw in raking up new allegations, which exist only in his imagination and that of his hordes of supporters.

Government to Obi: Find another worthwhile vocation to engage your time

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy stated: “Our admonition to Mr. Peter Obi is to find another worthwhile vocation to engage his time henceforth, having been rejected by majority of Nigerians who didn’t consider him qualified to lead our country.

“Nigerians rejected Peter Obi and his demagoguery at the poll because he posed present and future danger to the peace, progress and stability of our country.”

Onanuga also asserted: “Obi’s antecedents as Governor of Anambra State for eight years didn’t inspire any confidence as someone capable of running a country like Nigeria.

“No tangible records of achievement in the state he governed recommended him for the Presidency of Nigeria.”

The Presidency noted: “If Mr. Peter Obi truly believes in Nigeria, the time to prove it is now when all men and women of goodwill are rallying support for President Tinubu in his determination to lead a new era of prosperity, inclusive governance and economic growth in Nigeria.”

The statement added: “We welcome Obi and his party to play the role of the opposition and start preparing for another shot at the presidency in 2027.

We hope by then he would campaign on issues and not whip up religious and ethnic sentiments as he did in the last campaign.”

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