27th November, 2022
The media team of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has responded to the statement made by Bola Tinubu about the statistics often deployed by Obi.
Tinubu had at a rally in Gbaramatu, Delta State, said Obi usually lie with figures.
Speaking in Delta, Tinubu said: “The other one (Peter Obi), that one he think (say) na statistics we go chop, he lies with arithmetic that no Indian can solve it (sic). To mention his name is a disgrace to me sef. I won’t mention the name, wrong arithmetic, wrong statistics, warehouse economy, that is not what Nigeria needs.”
Responding to Tinubu, Obi’s media office said the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress does not appreciate facts and figures used by opponents in place of mere rhetoric.
The team noted Obi’s claims were verifiable, and that many analysts had been on them.
The team noted the attempts by Tinubu and his party to cast aspersions on the informed use of statistics by his counterpart, Obi, declaring that the APC candidate could not stand Obi’s statistics.
Responding further, Obi’s team stated the LP candidate was brimming with practicable ideas and was demystifying electioneering rhetoric by employing simple facts and figures in his campaigns.
“Providing the numbers shows Obi’s preparedness for the high office of the President if and when hired by Nigerian voters come 2023.”
The Obi-Datti Media Office claimed it was aware of the inability of some runners in the presidential race to cope with 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.
“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 organizations ostensibly to contradict Obi’s facts and figures.
“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,” the team said, alleging that “the fact that the APC man has questionable bio-data has left the electorate guessing his real age and health status.”