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Plot to blackmail Obi uncovered

Vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria’s 2019 general election Peter Obi has raised the alarm over a leaked plot to blackmail him.

Mr Obi raised the alarm in a statement signed by his spokesman Valentine Obienyem over the weekend.

“The present effort to blackmail Mr. Obi is by some prominent Nigerians, including a present Governor in the South-East. Our informant, whom we have no reason to doubt, revealed how five of them were invited to a meeting on how to nail Mr. Peter Obi so that, according to him, his ‘rising profile will be dimmed for good’,” Mr. Obienyem said in the statement.

He quoted the informant as saying: “Watch out; soon you will see a group call a world press conference, speak of the insecurity in the land, appeal to anybody with information on the causes to help the government solve it and finally drop the bomb by linking Mr. Peter Obi to the sponsorship of the Biafran movement through offer of money to sustain the agitation and use of Biafran boys for selfish end, including winning of elections.”

“Though our informant refused to disclose the name of the governor behind this and the main person he is using, he assured: ‘In the fullness of time, the plot will unfold and the characters will become apparent on its own.’ He however added that some of them are not comfortable on the way the tide is moving and may finally opt-out,” Obienyem further said.

He noted that “most of the previous efforts to blackmail Mr. Obi by some prominent people through hired hands backfired because the truth eventually prevailed”, adding that “the present plot to make trouble for an innocent man will similarly come to naught as far as Almighty God remains on the throne.”

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