Labor presidential candidate Peter Obie in the 2023 general election says he is being imitated by a growing number of people, even his voice.
Obi sounded the alarm through his official Twitter account after Mustafa Odu, the son of former Kogi governor Abubakar Odu, claimed to have received a call from him.
The former Anambra state governor says he has been targeted both in Nigeria and abroad – referring to the problems he experienced at British airports.
He said; “My replicas are still on the rampage, they are now imitating my voice and calling people. There is no limit to what people can’t go and do to their targets. I’ve been a target both locally and internationally.
The most recent incident occurred yesterday, May 17, at the Court of Appeal, seat of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, and my attention was drawn to what was happening outside the courtroom.
As I sat in court, I received a report that Prince Mustapha Audu, son of the late Governor of Kogi State, had mesmerized Dr. Yunusa Tanko, Chief Spokesperson of OBIDient, and others — Criticized and belittled me and called me a racial and religious bigot He claimed I called him when I was in front of his office at around 11am on Tuesday but hung up abruptly after I spoke Igbo and he was unable to respond .
According to him, Obi may have just helped empower some businessmen because they were Ibos, and he wondered why Obi aspired to lead the country if he could not accommodate other ethnic groups.
It was one of my assistants who promptly reminded me of what had happened, and I begged him to go outside and tell the entourage who was with the man, kindly delaying him until I left the court. I met Odu after the trial and he repeated the same story, adding that he was angry that I cut him off because he couldn’t speak Igbo. He insisted that I was in front of his office in Abuja when I called.
Then I introduced myself to him again and told him, “My brother, I didn’t call you, there’s no way I’m going to be in front of your office on Tuesday because I’m not in Abuja, not even in the country. Around the time you claim I was on my way to a conference in Nice, France when I called you. I flew to London for another conference that evening, in fact I had to come down to London handily to celebrate his 63 with my dear brother Dele Momodu birthday.
I just flew to China this morning to attend the hearing. The young man added in both embarrassment and surprise that the caller’s voice and everything sounded like mine. We exchanged pleasantries and took a group photo.
This is just one of many desperate efforts to bring me down and label me who I am not in order to gain some political mileage against me.
Normally, I wouldn’t be scared or worried as long as the match was within legal rules of engagement, but getting this far is a concern.
This is very concerning, as it is certainly not the right way to develop a country that is in dire need of positive changes that will allow her to join the League of Nations that is moving forward. I appeal to the public to be more vigilant and not to be easily deceived and pretend to be me in various ways with ulterior motives. “