The presidential candidate of the Labour, Mr Peter, has denied ever being against oil exploration in the North.
The rebuttal is coming after it was reported in some section of the media that Peter Obi while addressing his supporters in Ibadan during the party’s rally, kicked against the flag-off of oil exploration in Bauchi and Gombe oil field.
Meanwhile, Obi who spoke through the head of media, Obi-Datti campaign organisation, Diran Onifade described the report as fake.
According to Onifade, the former governor of Anambra State during the rally in Ibadan never had interaction with newsmen concerning the ongoing oil exploration in the North.
The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to the false information mischievously attributed to the Presidential Candidate of Labour Party Mr Peter Obi portraying him as being opposed to the commencement of crude oil exploration in Bauchi and Gombe States.
“The fake news deliberately targeted at the North East and North West regions of the country claimed that Mr. Obi made the statement in an interview in Ibadan, Oyo State where he addressed a rally on Wednesday, 23 November, 2022.
“We hereby State categorically that apart from his campaign speech which has been widely reported, Mr Obi did not speak with any journalist while in Ibadan. He has also not had the cause to make any reference to the oil find in the North East at any time. Peter Obi is supportive of any endeavour aimed at improving the economic fortunes of Nigeria.
“He has stated time and again that his plan for Nigeria’s economic turnaround rests substantially on the vast land of the North. He therefore urges all Nigerians to regard the fake news as another ploy by desperate political principalities to hold on to the last straw as they are clearly about to lose their stranglehold on the people and resources of our dear country.”