The Obi-Datti Campaign Presidential Campaign Council has disowned a statement that circulated across social media on Wednesday purportedly indicating that Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, endorsed its candidate, Dr. Peter Obi, ahead of 2023 presidential election.
This denial, reportedly, was coming after over 24 hours that a strongly worded statement from Media Team of the Sultan urged Nigerians to ignore the Peter Obi campaigners for attempting to drag the multifaceted leader into their politics, calling the action “irresponsible”, adding that it was not the first time Obi’s campaigners would peddle such lies against the personality of the monarch that is equally Leader of the Muslim Ummah of Nigeria.
Describing the statement as wicked rumour by mischief makers purporting that the Sultan of Sokoto had endorsed the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, the Council on Saturday said it had no hand in it.
He said, “We have no hand in the wicked rumour of a purported endorsement of our Presidential Candidate by His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR.
“We are deeply in sympathy with the Sultan, who has been dragged into partisan politics by unscrupulous and morally bankrupt political operatives seeking power at all cost, including by disrespecting the religious symbolism of the the sacred office of the Sultan.
“We make haste to categorically state that there is no trace of the offensive statement to the Obi-Datti Campaign.
“We are aware that the claim, of the Sultan endorsing Peter Obi as President, was deliberately contrived to force the Sultan to denounce it, by using unusually strong words.
“We believe that such fraudulent scams and pranks speak volumes on the character of those who employ them as acceptable political strategy, regardless of the grave danger of creating political divides along religious lines it portends.
“Nigerians are alert and have taken note of the fact that dubious individuals with a shady crime tainted past, are dangerous; and should never be voted to occupy the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an Office that represents our collective moral stature to the world.”