The Vice Presidential candidate to Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi has called on his supporters to be modest in their campaigns for him.
He urged them to run an issue-based campaign and should desist from attacking the opposition parties.
He disassociated himself from anyone who engages in social media war on his behalf, noting that his values are not related to that.
A statement by Obi’s Special Adviser, Valentine Obienyem reads: “Mr. Peter Obi is an institution imbued with life. He performed well as the Governor of Anambra State and has been engaged in value-added pursuits since he left Government House. Since his work and records speak for him, we did not deem it compelling to hire anybody or group of persons to sing his praises. Everybody that writes about Peter Obi or comes to his defence does so out of conviction.
“Now that we have a higher and nobler mission fate has called him to undertake, we appeal that no one should court crisis or attack anybody or group in the name of Peter Obi. The tasks ahead are enormous, and all hands are expected to be on deck in promoting his candidature and that of his principal. Indeed, our mission is enhanced because in him, we have a good, valuable product to market.
“May we, therefore, use this opportunity to appeal to all those who support Mr. Peter Obi on social media platforms not to attack anybody or group, even those on the lunatic fringes. What we need most currently is to join hands to salvage Nigeria by propagating the ideals Atiku and Obi represent because we are certain they will work for the country.
“Anybody or group that go contrary to this message is on their own and must not be associated with Obi’s fans.
“We are constrained to state this publicly because of failure of personal appeals we have been making on this matter. We must always bear in mind, as earlier pointed out, that internal cooperation is the first law of external competition.”