Peter Obi clashes with Dino Melaye

Peter Obi

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi on Sunday night called out a spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council Dino Melaye over false utterances.

Melaye made false claims at the presidential debate held at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja by Arise TV in collaboration with a pro-democracy think tank, the Centre for Democracy and Development.

The debate was aired live on Arise TV.

Responding to a false claim made by Melaye, Obi said, “I have taken enough from you here. Stop that, Dino. Why are you always calling me?”

The meeting almost ended in fracas as protests erupted over the representation of the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar by his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

It took several appeals to calm frayed nerves and bring the angry supporters to agreement for Okowa to stay on at the meeting.

Obi, Rabiu Kwakwaso of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Kola Abiola of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) all attended the town hall meeting while the ruling APC flag bearer Bola Tinubu was conspicuously absent nor represented.

Obi said that Nigerians must in 2023 avoid electing persons who could not in their past account for resources entrusted in their official care.

Responding to a question on the oneness of the office of the president and the vice president, Obi said the buck stops on the desk of the president, who is the commander-in-chief, even though he works as a family with the vice president.

He added that interchangeability is not automatic, hence the president is required to formally hand over in writing to his vice if going overseas for an extended period.