Mr Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate in the 2023 General Elections, has called a photo of him and pro-Biafra activist Mr Simon Ekpa in Finland “fake.”
Mr Diran Onifade, the Head of the Obi-Datti Media Office, announced this in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Expa was allegedly responsible for multiple sit-at-home orders in the South-East area, which resulted in the loss of lives and property.
According to Onifade, the creators of the false photo substituted Obi’s well-known follower and rights campaigner, Aisha Yesufu, to boost their credibility.
He stated that they were all taught as children that photographs convey a thousand stories and do not tell lies because photographs are typically self-evident.
Yet, he claims, it was many years ago, before digital technology grabbed the world by storm.
According to Onifade, the usual narrative has evolved dramatically, with doubtful minds constantly ready to deploy it imaginatively, although adversely, to construct what was non-existent.
“The scenario is exactly what played out in the photoshopped picture of Peter Obi allegedly standing with the irritant Biafra agitator, Simon Ekpa, who is based in Finland,” he claimed.
“This is all part of a desperate attempt to tarnish Obi’s name by linking him to the shambles that Ekpa has become in Nigeria. For clarity, the picture was taken by Obi standing with an admirer on a Virgin Flight on Friday, July 21, 2023.
“In trying to authenticate their filthy and disgustingly dirty act, they inserted the picture of Aisha Yusuf behind them. The memory may be short to forget that Obi was the first to describe the sit-at-home thing as an act being engineered and bred by a criminal that the system has refused to squarely tackle.”
According to Onifade, the threat of this crime is becoming so apparent that it may be necessary to critically examine how it is being dealt with.
In a related event, he stated that some individuals had distributed a loss leader advertisement claiming Peter Obi was “providing 20GB Free Data and N5000 Airtime in celebration of his 62nd Birthday.”
“This is a SCAM!” says the narrator.
Onifade found it perplexing that these criminal ploys were disguised as political manoeuvrings.
He claimed that instead of pursuing a final solution to the cankerworm that had embarrassed the region and the country, certain miscreants enamoured with Peter Obi’s burgeoning celebrity were preoccupied with tying him to Ekpa.
According to him, this is just another futile attempt to undermine the political Eagle, whose main priority is how to build a new Nigeria and alleviate poverty in the country.
He stated that if this country was serious about addressing its economic difficulties, it should examine the opinions made by this outstanding political leader of contemporary Nigeria rather than continually insulting him.