Tue. May 28th, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi

 

Labour Party presidential hopeful Peter Obi, Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide and political commentator, has accused the candidate of misrepresenting facts about Tanzania’s power management to Nigerian citizens. Omokri’s open letter, which swiftly gained traction on social media, cautions Obi against prioritizing his presidential ambitions over the factual integrity and national interests of Nigeria.

“Dear Peter Obi, This is either dishonesty or ignorance,” Omokri begins, challenging Obi’s recent statements on Tanzania’s power situation. According to Omokri, Obi’s portrayal of Tanzania shutting down hydroelectric dams due to an excess of electricity misrepresents the true scenario. Omokri clarified that the shutdowns were actually due to the need for load shedding caused by overly high voltages from heavy rains, which could have damaged the national power grid.

Omokri, who has visited Tanzania multiple times, explained that the country is known for its fluctuating electricity supply, with increases during the rainy season and significant drops in the dry season. He pointed out that just two months prior, Tanzania experienced severe power shortages, leading to rationing.

The letter strongly criticizes Obi for spreading what Omokri calls “fake news,” urging him to verify his claims to avoid misleading the Nigerian public. “Peter, I understand that you are desperate to be President in 2027, but please, do not undermine Nigeria’s national interest because of your desperation for power,” Omokri cautioned.

The office of Peter Obi has yet to respond to Omokri’s assertions. However, this exchange highlights the heightened scrutiny political figures face during election cycles, particularly regarding their public statements and their impacts on national perception and unity.

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