Festus Keyamo, the All Progressives Congress campaign council’s official spokesperson and director of media and public affairs, claimed on Monday that Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi is planning to pretend to be the target of an assassination attempt in order to hire some supporters to attack some of his party offices while they are disguised as APC members wearing caps and T-shirts.
Even as this was happening, the minister of state for labor and employment accused the former governor of Anambra of disseminating a hateful video online to tarnish Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate.
In a statement released on Monday in Abuja, Keyamo made the assertion, which sparked a number of responses and calls for his arrest on social media.
The 57-year-old SAN even dared Obi to disclose the source and person(s) responsible for the ambiguous WhatsApp message, pointing out that it was clear Obi had created the message on purpose and disseminated the abusive video himself as a campaign tactic.
The MandyNews.com-obtained statement stated in part as follows:
- “Our attention has been drawn to an offensive, hate-filled video made and circulated by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, in which he accused an amorphous and non-existent “Tinubu’s Group” of spreading a WhatsApp message calling on the Yoruba people not to vote for him. The purported message, according to Mr. Obi, forewarned the Yoruba that a vote for Obi would be a vote for a seaport in South-South and South-East.
- “We are also aware that plans are afoot by Mr. Peter Obi to fake an assassination attempt on himself and hire Labour Party boys dressed in the APC caps and T-shirts to attack some Labour Party offices.
- It is all part of the “US Plan”. It is the first in a series of incendiary actions planned by this ill-prepared but desperate candidate.
When Mr. Keyamo used the phrase “US plan,” he was referring to Peter Obi’s visit to the country as a strategy for the 2023 presidential race.
It appears that the WhatsApp message Peter Obi was referring to originated on Facebook before migrating to the sister’s platform, according to the research by Mandy News.com.