The media team of the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has berated the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, over constant verbal attacks.
It has been reported that the Obi-Datti media team was reacting to Tinubu’s comment at a rally in Gbaramatu, Delta State, last Friday, that Obi lied with figures.
The APC candidate said his LP counterpart gives out wrong arithmetic and wrong statistics on the economy, adding that he is a man that was not wanted by Nigerians.
“To mention his name is a disgrace to me. He gives out wrong arithmetic and wrong statistics on the economy. That is not what Nigerians want. Nigerians need honesty, they need the man who knows the road to take, and that man is me,” Tinubu had said.
Reacting to the comments, the Obi-Datti media team said it was not surprising that Tinubu cannot grasp the facts and figures dished out by the LP candidate in place of mere rhetoric.
In a statement released on Sunday, the team said the attempt by Tinubu and his party to cast aspersions on the informed use of statistics by Obi shows that they cannot match up with him.
The team noted Obi’s claims were verifiable, and that many analysts had been on them, stating that the APC candidate could not stand his counterpart’s statistics.
It stated the LP candidate was brimming with practicable ideas and was demystifying electioneering rhetoric by employing simple facts and figures in his campaigns.
The team described Tinubu as a speech-challenged contestant, who cannot pronounce or spell and wants to argue about numbers, arithmetic, and statistics.
The statement partly reads: “The APC presidential candidate had said at a rally of rented crowds in Gbaramatu, Delta State, that our candidate lied with figures, stressing that “a speech-challenged contestant, who cannot pronounce or spell ‘m.u.l.t.i.p.l.i.c.a.t.i.o.n’ and wants to argue about numbers, arithmetic, and statistics says a lot about how low we have climbed in this country.
Our candidate was brimming with practicable ideas and was demystifying electioneering rhetoric by employing simple facts and figures in his campaigns. Providing the numbers shows Peter Obi’s preparedness for the high office of the president if and when hired by Nigerian voters come 2023.
We’re aware of the inability of some candidates in the presidential race to cope with Peter Obi’s speed and deep knowledge of issues.
This has resulted in a grand design to distract his focus from the issue-driven campaigns, which are resonating very well with Nigerians, who are ready and committed to taking back their country from forces that have held it down over the years. It was risky to dine with the devil without the proverbial long spoon or to run with the robber and confuse passers-by about the identity of the real thief.
Our candidate has said repeatedly that his assertions were verifiable and dared anybody with contrary facts and figures to come up. Analysts, media houses, and opponents have formed fact-checking units in their organisations ostensibly to contradict Peter Obi’s facts and figures, but, they are yet to succeed.
The acceptable mantra is always if you can’t beat them, join them, but in Nigerian politics, the reverse is the case: if you can’t beat them pull them down. That is what Obi’s opponents, who cannot cope with his deep know-how about the economy are doing.
We find it extremely laughable and shameful that a candidate who is aspiring to lead his country has not been able to present any identifiable record of his origin, age, and educational background and he is challenging the man who is indisputably equipped with the way to go about salvaging our dear country.
The fact that the APC man has questionable bio-data has left the electorate guessing his real age and health status.”