July 15, (THEWILL) – The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, has decried what he described as an emerging pattern of fake media reports predicated on interviews and press remarks he never granted.
Obi said it is regrettable that the nation’s politics have sunken to an abysmal level where manipulation of the media space is now a trade.
The former Anambra State governor spoke in response to reports that he planned to contest the 2027 presidential election.
In a statement issued on his verified Twitter handle on Saturday, Obi said he did not grant a media interview suggesting that he will run for the office of the President in 2027.
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 recognised 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.“