The Obi-Datti Media Office on Monday said there is indeed no basis to compare the transparent life and credentials of the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, with the opaque origin, source of wealth, educational and lifestyle of his All Progressive Congress (APC) counterpart, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Media Office said that the greatest difference between Obi and Tinubu is that while the APC candidate proclaims that “it’s his turn to rule Nigeria, Obi says it’s the turn of Nigerians to take back their country.”
Reacting to the remarks of Dele Alake, who spoke during a Twitter Space hosted by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (ABAT) Media Centre, Obi-Datti Media Office said the reality is that while everything about Obi “highly verifiable, Alake’s man is not.”
The Media Office said in a statement that the challenge of people like Alake is that their life and times are tied, not to Nigeria and Nigerians but to their principal.
According to the statement: “The attention of the Obi-Datti Media Office notes one groundless remark of Dele Alake, a spokesman of a presidential ticket winner. He holds that the Labour Party candidate for 2023, Peter Obi, cannot name any legacies of his years of governing Anambra State and, therefore, cannot be compared to his APC counterpart.
“Alake is certainly among those Lagosians who believe Nigeria begins and ends in Lagos and may not have crossed the Niger in his lifetime. He might not have been to Anambra and had been too biassed to read up the LP candidate’s records in the public domain.
“Suffice it to say that Obi’s records won him numerous awards, including “Governor of the Decade” while Alake’s paymaster ruled Lagos State. The most the media can remember about Alake’s principal is his huge internal revenue harnessing which we now know has boosted one Bourdillon family’s income.
“Alake also claimed that Obi’s business is anchored on imports that destroy the economy and that he was no when his principal struggled for democracy. Again, the attack dog is either mischievous or ignorant about Obi being the only chief executive of his era with the most investment of state funds that not only boosted the economy but also provided jobs. Not to talk of Obi’s education policy that has taken Anambra State from number 29 to 1 in the School Certificate performance index.
“If Alake is current he should not have celebrated Asiwaju’s role in democracy struggle because it has been diminished since it was revealed that he lobbied to be made a Minister in late Sani Abacha’s government and only joined NADECO after he he was rejected by the juntas.
“However, Alake gave out one fact that the Media Office agrees with: indeed, Obi cannot be compared to Alake’s candidate.
“Yes, they are not comparable; Obi is highly verifiable, but Alake’s man is not; Obi has an origin; Alake’s has none; Obi has educational credentials; his counterpart has affidavits; Obi is whole and hearty and ready to face the challenge of leading Nigeria, the other candidate acts by proxy; Alake’s man says it’s his turn to rule Nigeria, Obi says it’s the turn of Nigerians to take back their country.
“Indeed, there is no basis for comparison between the duo.
“We are in sympathy with these attack dogs who need to keep attacking the man they claim has no structure and is just a social media wave instead of selling their structured candidate. All they seek is to mention Obi to be able to trend.
“The Obi-Datti tag team is in the market with their content which is resonating with Nigerians, let Alake’s enter the stage and sell himself, never again will anybody become Nigeria’s President through fake and unsubstantiated packaging.
“Always remain Obidient and focused on a new Nigeria of our dreams.”