The Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has refuted claims made by Reno Omokri that he gave bribes to Arise TV presenter Rufai Oseni. Rufai was accused of taking payments from Obi to enhance his reputation, with allegations that Obi funded Rufai’s father’s funeral, strengthening their connection. However, Obi denies these allegations.
In response to the accusations, Obi released a statement on Monday via Twitter, firmly denying the reported claims and emphasizing that they were entirely false. Obi reiterated that Rufai is a TV presenter who fearlessly speaks the truth, even when it concerns himself.
According to Obi, he was a guest at Rufai Oseni’s father’s funeral and did not provide any financial assistance for the burial. He assured that his focus remains on tackling Nigeria’s issues, and he won’t let any negative attempts deter him. Obi posted on X (formerly known as Twitter),
“Ordinarily, I do not get involved in name-calling and mud-slinging. Neither do I attack people nor try to defame their personalities in the course of my political journey. I have also avoided replying to cheap, wicked or malicious blackmail publicly or privately in the same irresponsible manner that they are thrown at me. Anyone who has followed my corporate and political life knows that I always stay on issues, focusing on finding solutions to societal challenges and ameliorating people’s suffering.
“I do, however need to clarify a few issues, especially since a third party is involved. There is a recent case where my name has been mentioned in a malicious and cheap blackmail against one of Nigeria’s best Television presenters, Mr. Rufai Oseni, who has stood sternly for what is right and has challenged me fearlessly on some occasions while speaking truth to power. I have recently been mentioned to have bribed Mr. Rufai Oseni by financially sponsoring his father’s burial.
“Let me clearly state that this is a categorical lie. It is not true, cannot be true and will never be true. Everyone who understands or follows my approach to things will attest that I do not give anyone money to promote my name.
“I have never and will never monetarily induce any journalist to speak or write in my favour. When I am invited to birthday celebrations or funerals, people know that I do attend. Countless journalists, media personnel, the less privileged, the wealthy etc., have all invited me to their occasions, and they will attest to the fact that I honour such invitations, especially when people are grieving. I have never been to Rufai’s village. Even at the point of writing this, I do not know where he is from.
“One then wonders why people could decide to tarnish other people’s image for no justifiable reason. To those involved in such evil endeavours, I wish them well and pray that God will have mercy on them.
“I still maintain that our focus in Nigeria should be on rescuing our dear Nation from the many challenges plaguing it. We should focus more on lifting people out of poverty. Millions of Nigerians do not know where their next meal will come from.
“We have millions of unemployed youths in their productive age with very little production going on in Nigeria to create jobs. Finding solutions to these challenges should command our attention, for the progress of our dear nation, Nigeria – and that is what I remain committed to. A New Inclusive and Sustainable Nigeria is POssible!”