Omoyele Sowore, the AAC’s presidential candidate, has also condemned Peter Obi’s followers for their electioneering tactics.
The Labour Party’s nominee for president in the general election of 2023 is Peter Obi.
The LP presidential candidate’s followers, who are primarily young people and who also benefit from social media backing, have been strongly cautioned on the type of campaign technique they are using.
In contrast, Sowore claimed in a statement on Sunday that Obi’s fans had shown the greatest level of intolerance and harassment of his rivals.
He said this in reaction to pictures of a guy labeled a “fake Bishop” who reportedly attended the occasion when All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Ahmed Tinubu presented his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
The alleged ‘fake bishop’ was apprehended in a market in Dei Dei neighbourhood of Abuja.
The presidential candidate described the incident as “barbaric, unacceptable and criminal.”
“I was particularly shocked that some highly respected persons on Facebook/WhatsApp/@Twitter & elsewhere celebrated this mob action against this particular Nigerian.
“Since the advent of this election cycle we’ve seen and observed a heightened level of harassment of citizens via death threats, arson threats, verbal and now physical abuse against those who happen not to support @PeterObi’s candidacy,” he said.
Sighting examples of prominent individuals who were harassed by Obi’s campaigners, Sowore said Femi Kuti’s African Shrine in Lagos was at the receiving end of arsonists over his refusal to support Obi for President and that a Catholic Church pastored by Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka known as Adoration Ministry was a victim of the mob action.
“We’ve seen supporters brandishing guns and threatening people who might not support Obi’s candidacy. A former media assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan, @RenoOmokri complained consistently that the life of his one-year-old daughter was repeatedly threatened.
“Obi’s supporters are not alone in this unconscionable act, a disabled Obi supporter was reportedly beaten for displaying his paraphernalia. However, Obi’s campaigners have demonstrated the most amount of intolerance and harassment of his opponents,” he said.
Sowore, however, asked Nigerians to stand by their rights to choose their leaders without pandering to fear, harassment and threats by anyone, stressing that no set of persons or groups should be allowed to ride roughshod on anyone.