By Jude Atupulazi
The allegation by the Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) that the Vice Presidential Candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, is anti-North and a major of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been described as diversionary and an attempt to give a dog a bad name in other to hang it.
Dismissing the allegation in a statement issued on Wednesday, Obi's Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, described it as baseless and unfounded, noting that the alleged crimes existed only in the imagination of those making what he termed the ridiculous allegation.
'Mr. Peter Obi is a liberal and patriotic Nigerian who has never at any time conducted himself in a manner to suggest that he is either anti any ethnic group or a sponsor of any secessionist group,' Obienyem said.
He noted that immediately the Presidential standard bearer of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, announced the choice of Mr. Peter Obi as his running mate, the nation erupted in joy, hailing his preference as one of the best news coming out from the country.
He said that all those that knew Obi very well for what he did in the past, both in his private business and governance of Anambra State and thereafter, had written eulogies of him and all agreed that he was the best man for the job.
Obienyem pointed out that since leaving office, Obi had been busy visiting schools all over the country, from Cross River to Sokoto.
'Obi has been busy diagnosing the problems of the country and offering solutions. Obi has been busy preaching the unity of the country and how good governance will solve the problems in Nigeria caused by cumulative years of leadership failure that make the protest under review suspicious and, in fact, an attempt to give a dog a bad name in other to hang it.'
Obienyem therefore described the allegation as diversionary, saying that rather than such distraction what was needed was joining of hands together to seek solutions to the country's problems.
He noted that by advising Atiku to drop Obi and pick a running mate from the South-South, the NYLF betrayed its real agenda which was to deny Ndigbo the opportunity to produce Nigeria's Vice President in 2019.
Obienyem said that the 'sinister agenda had already failed' and urged Nigerians to continue to give their full support to the Atiku Abubakar/Peter Obi ticket, which he described as the only real hope available to Nigerians in the 2019 presidential elections.
He assured Obi's fans and supporters that the former Anambra State Governor would continue to live an exemplary life and would never engage in any conduct capable of bringing shame to himself or all those who believed in him and held him in high esteem.