The reports that the former governor’s convoy was attacked in Abuja have been refuted by Valentine Obienyem, a media adviser to Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi.
This comes after Festus Keyamo, Campaign Council for the All Progressive Congress (APC), claimed that Peter Obi was preparing to stage an attempt on his life and hire some followers to attack the APC offices while they were decked up in party gear.
In response to the accusation made against the former governor, Obienyem advised the public to disregard the rumours, labelling them as untrue, in a statement on Tuesday, September 13.
He added that Peter Obi will never follow such a path because he is adamant about the idea that politics should never include violence.
He further assured supporters and well wishers that Obi is safe, hale and hearty.
The statement reads;
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, and by the grace of God, fueled by his merit, the next President of Nigeria, Mr Peter Obi, is back to the country. In the last three weeks, he traversed the world, convincing Nigerians of the need to take back their country and move in sync with the rest of the world.
Kindly ignore the falsehood, making the rounds that he was attacked. May God forbid that even the very thought of such barbarism be visited on him.
Obi has consistently reiterated his belief that politics should always be devoid of violence. This remains his political credo.
It is pertinent to note that the news, coming shortly after Festus Keyamo’s press release, alleging a plan by Obi to stage manage his own assassination is worrisome. It shows that the devil may be at work in endless and familiar scheming.
We shall continue to entrust Mr Peter Obi into the protection of the Almighty, while he ensures he is adequately protected to see through the work of re-building Nigeria that providence has entrusted unto him.”