Peter Obi retracts his tweet where he referred to Tinubu as ‘Mr. President

On Friday, former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, retracted his acknowledgment of Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria.

Obi, who was the candidate of the Labour Party, contested and lost the 2023 presidential election to Tinubu, who was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in February.

Obi, along with former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), is challenging Tinubu’s victory in court. Both candidates, who came third and second respectively, claim that they won the election and are seeking to have Tinubu removed from office through the court.

Since Tinubu’s inauguration on Monday, May 29, 2023, when he succeeded former President Muhammadu Buhari, neither Obi nor Atiku has addressed Tinubu as president. However, Obi did so on Friday.

President Tinubu received a heroic welcome to Lagos, a state he governed from 1999 to 2007 and has had a significant influence in choosing successive leaders. It was his first visit to Lagos since assuming office as the President of Nigeria.

Hundreds of his supporters and political dignitaries, including Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were present to give him a state welcome.

However, the visit sparked criticism for the president after a long motorcade accompanied him to his new private residence.

Multiple SUVs were observed speeding ahead and behind Tinubu’s car.

This occurred at a time when Nigerians were already facing hardships due to the increase in petrol prices resulting from the removal of fuel subsidies, as announced by Tinubu during his inaugural presidential speech.

In response to the criticism, Tinubu’s aide on digital media, Olusegun Dada, defended the motorcade in a tweet, stating that “the official vehicles of the president and principal aides make up less than 10% of the Motorcade.” Dada further explained that the other vehicles in the motorcade belonged to several state governors, heads of security agencies, party leaders, and political associates of the president, who were all present at the airport to receive him.

Amidst a wave of criticism and defense from Tinubu’s supporters, Obi emphasized the need for sacrifices from leaders at all levels of government for a better Nigeria.

The initial tweet from the Labour Party candidate mentioned that he had not seen the video allegedly showing the President with a convoy of about 120 cars. However, Obi later deleted the tweet and replaced it with another that did not address Tinubu as president.

“We cannot continue to preach for the people to sacrifice without sacrificing too,” Obi stated in a subsequent tweet. “The sacrifices must now start from the leaders visibly and measurably at all times because the people are suffering. We must now be at the forefront of addressing the suffering.”

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