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The media team of the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, has stated that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress does not appreciate facts and figures used by opponents in place of mere rhetoric.
The team noted Obi’s claims were verifiable, and that many analysts had been on them.
In a statement made available to The PUNCH on Sunday, the Ob-Datti Media Office said it noted the attempts by Tinubu and his party to cast aspersions on the informed use of statistics by his counterpart, Obi, declaring that the APC candidate could not stand Obi’s statistics.
Tinubu had said at a rally in Gbaramatu, Delta State that Obi lied with figures.
He described him Obi as a man that was not wanted by Nigerians because “he lies with arithmetic that no mathematician can solve.”
“To mention his name is a disgrace to me. He gives out wrong arithmetic and wrong statistics on the economy. That is not what Nigerians want. Nigerians need honesty, they need the man who knows the road to take, and that man is me,” Tinubu stated.
Responding further, Obi team stated the LP candidate was brimming with practicable ideas and was demystifying electioneering rhetoric by employing simple facts and figures in his campaigns. ‘Providing the numbers shows Obi’s preparedness for the high office of the President if and when hired by Nigerian voters come 2023.’
The Obi-Datti Media Office claimed it was aware of the inability of some runners in the presidential race to cope with Obi’s speed and deep knowledge of issues. “This has resulted in a grand design to distract his focus from the issue-driven campaigns which are resonating very well with Nigerians who are ready and committed to taking back their country from forces that have held it down over the years.
“Our candidate has said repeatedly that his assertions were verifiable and dared anybody with contrary facts and figures to come up. Analysts, media houses, and opponents have formed fact-checking units in their organisations ostensibly to contradict Obi’s facts and figures.
‘The acceptable mantra is always if you can’t beat them join them, but in Nigerian politics, the reverse is the case: if you can’t beat them pull them down. That is what Obi’s opponents who cannot cope with his deep know-how about the economy are doing,” the team said, alleging that “the fact that the APC man has questionable bio-data has left the electorate guessing his real age and health status.