The Vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Datti Baba-Ahmed, at a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja, says the recent comment, by Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Peter Obi is “disrespectful”.
Tinubu, APC presidential candidate, was alleged to have said it is a “disgrace” for him to mention the name of Obi, LP presidential candidate, at an APC rally in Delta state.
According to Baba-Ahmed, “In the squabble for second and third positions, some erstwhile major political parties appear to have crossed the boundaries of decency to transgress our peaceful activities and our focus on political schedules.”
“It is unfortunate that despite the noble objectives of this initiative, disinformation and misinformation about the Labour Party and its candidates have become fashionable in this election season.
“As if those were not enough, just a few days ago, the presidential candidate of the APC, speaking in Delta state and referring to our presidential candidate, said it was a disgrace to mention his name.
“While our candidate is quite comfortable with not being mentioned, it is most unpresidential, indecorous, and disrespectful from the candidate who claims his turn at Nigerian presidency.
“APCs strategy against Peter Obi now appears very clearly centred on promoting falsehood, in addition to empty and derogatory personal attacks, and of course, this is because they can find no contentious points of negativity to push.”
Baba-Ahmed added that the 2023 elections will be different as Nigerians are now aware of the dangers of ethnic and religious politics.
Peter Obi was left the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, for the Labour Party, has been able to amass tremendous, youth-driven support base, which the two major parties find threatening.