Ex-army general John Enenche included in Peter Obi’s campaign team speaks

Major General John Enenche (retd.), whose inclusion in the presidential campaign team of the Labour Party generated controversy, has said that he dismissed the Lekki shooting of October 20, 2020 as “photoshopped” and “cropped” because of his military allegiance.

Many social media users have been calling for the removal of Enenche from the 1,234-member campaign council.

The party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi acknowledged the clamour on Friday and promised changes to the list.

However, on Friday night, Enenche said in a statement released on his Twitter page, @EnenchejohnEne1, that he made the comments back in 2020 with the interest of Nigerians at heart.

He said, “Dear country men and women, following my appointment on the campaign council of Labour Party, there were reactions on the social media about my pronouncement concerning a video shot at the scene of #EndSARS incident at Lekki toll-gate on October 20, 2020. Everyone that commented in anyway was right based on the information at their disposal and individual analysis.

“Personally and professionally, I worked with the overriding interest of Nigerians at heart based on the oath of allegiance I swore on commission into the military service, which is sacrosanct.

“I sincerely shared in the pains of that breaking news through the social media as it were. On that note, I want to assure all that more efforts will be put in, so that all assertions can be cleared convincingly from appropriate sources. God bless our cause for the recovery of our dear country Nigeria.”

Enenche further stated that his cause for electing credible leaders come 2023 spurred him to declare his support openly for Obi without fear, adding that he was sure that Obi and running-mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, would provide quality leadership.

He said, “Recall I underscored the need for every conscience bound Nigerian, cutting across societal class to join in the current political exercise in the country towards electing credible, competent and capable leaders in 2023.

“In addition, I enjoined all to speak out and not to sit on the fence.

“Consequently, I made bold to openly and objectively support the candidature of HE Mr. Peter Obi and Dr. Yusuf Datti-Ahmed, without fear or contradiction. All based on my knowledge of the duo for about 17 years and 5 years respectively, that they can provide quality leadership for the Nation that will guarantee effective followership.

“This is what Nigeria needs now to overcome all the numerous challenges imposed on the citizenry in the last two decades.”