Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party has cautioned his followers and members of the Labour Party to desist from name-calling and other activities that are capable of painting the party in a negative light.
The former governor of Anambra State tweeted on Friday night around 11 pm urging his supporters who are mostly comprised of youths to respect and show dignity while addressing or talking about other presidential aspirants and members of other political parties.
He tweeted on his tweeter handle, @PeterObi, “I called on the Labour Party Faithfuls, especially candidates at all levels, including my supporters, to desist from name calling or derogating anyone, groups of persons or religions.
“Nigeria has very huge problems and is currently at risk of implosion from economic hardship and insecurity. The focus, therefore, should be on how to deal with deleterious consequences of a tanking economy, pervasive insecurity, and the many challenges that the nation is contending with, rather than degenerating into name calling.
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“Specifically, during our recent campaign in Benue, a candidate referred to the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, as a “deceit.” That is totally unacceptable to us.
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“The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, remain a very patriotic Nigerian, who has always spoken for the best interest of his people and Nigeria in general. We all have our shortcomings, I have mine, and so do others. But, we should not refer to people in such derogatory manner
“We must continue to focus on running an issue-based campaign, and unite with everyone to build a new and better Nigeria.
“I wish all our candidates, including myself, well in the forthcoming elections. –PO”
Recently, Labour Party and Peter Obi supporters popularly called Obidients have come under heavy fire over their fondness for referring to other candidates from other political parties with derogatory names.