2023 Presidential Election; Peter Obi clears air on bribing Arise TV’s Rufai Oseni
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has denied bribing one of the Morning Show anchors of Arise Television, Rufai Oseni, in the build-up to the 2023 election.
Many reports had emerged, claiming Obi bribed the Arise TV presenter in a bid to get his support for the presidential election.
The reports had alleged that Obi also financially sponsored the burial of Rufai’s father, which stimulated the tie between the duo.
But reacting to the allegations, Obi in a statement tweeted on his page on Monday, declared that the report was a categorical lie, stressing that it had no element of truth.
According to Obi, Rufai is a Television presenter who sternly speaks truth to power including himself.
The statement reads partly, “Anyone who has followed my corporate and political life knows that I always stay on issues, with my focus on finding solutions to societal challenges and ameliorating the suffering of the people.
“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 the burial of his father.
“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 to the fact that I do not give anyone money to promote my name”.