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There would’ve been war if Peter Obi won in court – Omokri

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has asserted that Nigeria would have been thrown into a second civil war if the the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi had been declared winner of the 2023 presidential election by the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal.

CorrectNG reported earlier that a five-person panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, dismissed the three consolidated petitions of CAPPC/03/2023, CAPPC/04/2023, and CAPPC/05/2023 on several grounds, including a lack of merit.

Reading the verdict, he said; “This petition accordingly lacks merit. I affirm the return of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The parties are to bear their cost.”

Thereafter, the four other Justices unanimously took turns to dismiss the petitions presented by the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s Peter Obi, challenging Tinubu’s emergence as President.⁣

In reaction via his Twitter account, Omokri lauded the judgement, stressing that Nigeria would have been dragged into a civil war if Obi’s petitions had succeeded.

In his words; “There Would Have Been A Second Civil War If Peter Obi Had Won Yesterday. If Peter Obi had won the #NigerianElections2023 , or at the Presidential Election Petition Court, there would have been a civil war in Nigeria. Not may. Would. Why? Because he and his Obidients were just too arrogant and were already recreating, and would have further recreated the events that led up to the Nigerian Civil War. Let me explain:

During the elections, there was nothing they did not do, including cyberbullying, threatening, abusing, insulting, name-calling, accusing, hounding, targeting, ganging up, mocking, caricaturing, and harassing anyone who refused to support them. I did not say anyone who was fighting them. No. Anyone who refused to support them. They made minimal attempts to be persuasive. It was just nogbu nzogbu, enyimba enyi!

They had a warped sense of entitlement that you must support Peter Obi, and if you did not, then you are supporting a “wrong candidate” (the exact words they used).

They were more fascistic than Mussolini. In terms of education, Peter Obi is at the bottom of the barrel, with his second-class degree in Philosophy. You can’t compare him to a PhD in Water Engineering (Kwankwaso), a Master’s with Distinction in International Relations (Atiku) and a BSc in Accounting (Tinubu). Joseph, have the fear of God and answer this question-am: Am I lying?

But he was the right candidate, and anyone who did not support him must be pilloried. What led to the Nigerian Civil War? It began with the January 15, 1966 coup at which Majors Emmanuel Ifeajuna, Chukwuma Nzeogwu, Chris Anuforo, and Don Okafor killed political and military leaders from every region of Nigeria except theirs.

Major Adewale Ademoyeg was involved with the plotting but not the killing, unlike the others who participated in the massacre. And in 2023, after Peter Obi lost, prominent Obidients with direct ties to Peter Obi were openly calling for a military coup to restore Obi’s mandate. These guys have learned nothing!

And that was only one reason for the civil war. The other reason was the arrogance and caricaturing of other Nigerians by supporters of Majors Nzeogwu and Ifeajuna (the coup leaders) after the coup.

Soon after the coup, some of their supporters printed almanacs with caricatures insulting prominent Northern, Western and Mid-Western leaders. In one of the almanacs, Chukwuma Nzeogwu was shown with his leg on top of Sir Ahmadu Bello’s head. Interestingly, in that almanac, Ahmadu Bello’s head was put on the body of a goat.

Those almanacs outraged Northerners and made them turn against the Aguiyi Ironsi-led government. In February of 1966, a famous Igbo highlife maestro named Celestine Ukwu released a song titled Ewu Ne Ba Akwa, meaning ‘the goat is crying’.

Rightly or wrongly, other Nigerians believed that that song was mocking the killing of the late Sardauna by Nzeogwu. That song and the almanac mocking the Sardauna ignited a p0grom against Igbos in the North. And things eventually descended to civil war.

Is that not what happened in 2023? Were Obidients not caricaturing those who refused to support Peter Obi? I personally was caricatured. Waziri Atiku, Bola Tinubu and their supporters were also caricatured. New Celestine Ukwu songs of 2023 were composed to insult those who supported other candidates instead of their right candidate.

And just as their leaders did not caution them in 1966, so did Peter Obi not caution them in 2022/23. There was no low or dirty thing they did not do, including publishing the photos of Justice Tsamani’s children along with threats to kill them (as they did with my then one-year-old daughter) and recruiting Rufai Oseni to lie against me and others.

And then there was the Yes Daddy leaked audio, which revealed their true intention for the Muslim Ummah. History does not repeat itself. Irresponsible people repeat it and blame history for repeating itself.”