The 2023 Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has dismissed media reports that he is looking forward to running for office in the 2027 presidential elections.
Obi came third in the election after the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu; and the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Both Obi and Atiku are in court to challenge the declaration of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Tinubu won the poll.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, the former Anambra State governor lamented “an emerging pattern where fake media reports”.
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Obi said the supposed interview never took place.
He said his focus and that of the ‘Obidient’ Movement that he leads, would not derail from the original mission of creating a new Nigeria.
Obi further said for him, he would continue to speak on topical national issues via recognised news and media outfits but certainly would not concern himself with cheap distraction.
He wrote, “I have noticed with dismay, an emerging pattern where fake media reports and news items are predicated on interviews and press remarks I never granted.
“Two recent instances relate to my saying that I am looking forward to running for office in 2027 on a supposed Arise TV interview that never took place.
“The other is about my reaction to prospective appointees to the Federal Government. Both reports are bogus. Regrettably, our politics have sunken to this abysmal level where manipulation of the media space is now a trade.
“For me, I shall continue to speak on topical national issues via recognized news and media outfits. But I certainly will not concern myself with cheap distractive trolls. My focus and that of the Obidient Movement will not derail from the original mission of creating a new Nigeria which we believe is possible.
“Our emphasis has never been on political positions or personal aggrandizement, but on putting the nation on the right footing and deepening our democracy by helping to elevate and empower the downtrodden in our society. That was why our messages during the electioneering campaigns were all issue-driven.“