Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s nominee for president, became enraged on Sunday and retaliated against Dino Melaye, the spokesperson for the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential campaign council.
The Centre for Democracy and Development and Arise Television organised a presidential town hall series on Sunday in Abuja, where this incident took place.
Melaye allegedly labelled a meeting participant “Obi people,” adding “Obi people, na wa o,” which is when trouble started.
On hearing the words of the former lawmaker, Peter Obi snapped;
Stop that Dino. Why are you always calling me? I won’t take that. This man is from the ANPP. Why are you calling him Obi people?
Dino feigned ignorance but Peter Obi insisted that he would not condone such behaviour.
He told Melaye;
Stop that, I have taken enough from you here. Why are you always calling me?
Other candidates present at the debate included the presidential candidates of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who represented Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Kola Abiola of the Peoples Redemption Party.
Speaking on his plans for security, Obi said he would have acted swiftly to rescue kidnap victims if he was the Commander-in-Chief, describing government response to kidnap incidents as weak.
Peter Obi stated that he would also have a thought-out process and show empathy to the families of the victims.
There was a failure of processing and giving due attention to intelligence which I would have given due intelligence and promptly dealt with. Government action and communication were weak. And I think that shows the overall need for us to improve our intelligence processing and give an immediate response, whenever such a situation arises.
He further stated that insecurity would have been reduced to the barest minimum if more people were taken out of poverty.
I have said consistently that the more people you pull out of poverty, the more you reduce the criminality that is in the country.