The United Coalition of Peter Obi Support Groups has dismissed claims in some quarters that some support groups set up to facilitate the election of Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi withdrew their loyalty over what they described as his “false statistics”.
The coalition countered the claim in a statement jointly signed by Yahaya Madaki (Convener Obi Nationalist Movement), Ebohon Eseosa (President, Obidient New Nigeria Coalition), Chinwe Njemanze (Chairperson Peter Obi Amazons) and Olajide Fafowora (National Coordinator, United Coalition of Peter Obi Support Group).
The groups noted, “Our attention has been drawn to a report in newspapers and online blogs indicating an imminent withdrawal of support for Labour Party’s presidential candidate, His Excellency, Peter Obi, by some Support Groups established to facilitate the election ot the former governor of Anambra state as President of Nigeria.
“The report, titled, “OBIDIENT: 25 support groups to quit Peter Obi’s campaign over candidate’s false statistics’’, said as many as 25 support groups hitherto working to ensure Mr. Obi’s election as the next President of Nigeria, are on the verge of parting ways with him over what they termed his “high-handedness and his penchant for reeling false statistics”.
“The unsigned report alluded to tension in the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council (LPPCC) and Mr. Obi not “carrying others along in planning”.
“Ordinarily, we do not make a point of duty to join issues with faceless individuals seeking the attention of the public through underhand means. We are, however, constrained to respond this time because in addition to spreading what is obviously deliberate falsehood against our presidential candidate and misinforming the Nigerian public, this faceless group of charlatans, has also committed an act of impersonation by claiming to be representatives of three member groups in our coalition.
“To set the records straight, there is no disquiet in the family of support groups actively ramping up support for the candidacy of His Excellency Peter Obi. The family remains united and committed to the project of electing him as Nigeria’s president come February 2023. We aver with every sense of responsibility that there is no strain in the relationship between him and the support groups. If any exists, it will only be in the imagination of those who concocted the vile and abhorrent drivel intended to smear the reputation of one of Nigeria’s finest sons.
“As a matter of fact, relations between the thousands of Peter Support Groups around the country and in the Diaspora and Mr. Obi himself, is as rosy and cooperative as ever. This relationship was re-enforced recently at a meeting between the two parties where he outlined his vision for a New Nigeria and extracted the continued support from the group to help him make this possible”.