Surprise as Peter Obi Reveals His Position on ESN Members in Southeast

Surprise as Peter Obi Reveals His Position on ESN Members in Southeast

  • The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, said he can’t condemn the Eastern Security Network (ESN)
  • Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, said this on Monday, November 21, at the presidential town hall series hosted by frontline journalist Kadaria Ahmed
  • The LP presidential candidate said he is unsure of the activities of the ESN, which was reportedly formed by the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

Lagos, Nigeria - Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), says he can’t condemn the Eastern Security Network (ESN) because he is unsure of their activities.

Obi said this on Monday, November 21, at ‘The Candidates’, a presidential town hall series hosted by frontline journalist Kadaria Ahmed.

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He said if elected president of the country, his administration will adopt dialogue to address the issue.

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“The first of our seven-point agenda is to ensure the security of the lives and properties of Nigerians, and to show a united and one Nigeria by ensuring that there is equity, justice, and doing things following rule of law,” TheCable quoted him as saying.
“Everywhere in the country is full of agitation. It is the effect of leadership failure. There is nothing wrong with agitation. You dialogue and discuss with everybody.
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“I can’t condemn ESN because I’m not sure who is doing what. You can only condemn people when there is a process in which they have said this person has done something.”

Obi earlier wrongly claimed ESN was formed by southeast governors

Meanwhile, at an interactive session organised by Arewa Joint Committee in Kaduna in October, Obi had claimed that ESN was formed by governors in the south-east.

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TheCable in a fact-check report, however, proved Obi's assertion to be false.

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According to the report, the ESN was actually formed by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in December 2020.

On December 13, 2020, Kanu announced the launch of the security outfit, adding that its primary responsibility is to protect the south-east from terrorists and other criminal elements.

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In another report, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said Peter Obi running for the presidency as the candidate is a “good omen” for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Ganduje disclosed this on Monday, November 21, during an interview with Channels Television.

Asked if the growing popularity of Obi may cause problems for the APC, the Kano governor said Obi as the LP candidate would have little to no effect on the APC.

Source: onebeat.com.ng

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