Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 elections, has called on Nigerians to be cautious of those impersonating him.
Obi, in a Twitter thread on Thursday, said impersonators now mimic his voice to call people to cause mischief.
He said while the presidential election petition tribunal was ongoing on Wednesday, his attention was drawn to comments made by Mustapha Audu, son of a former governor of Kogi.
Obi said Audu claimed that he received a call from him.
The former Anambra governor said after the court session, he met with Audu and explained to him that he was impersonated, adding that at the time Audu said the incident happened, he wasn’t in Nigeria.
“My duplicates are still on the rampage, they now mimic my voice and call people. There is no limit that people cannot go to cause mischief on their target. I have been a target both locally and internationally,” Obi said.
“After the court proceedings, I met with Audu and he repeated the same story, adding that he was angry at me for cutting off the phone on him because he could not speak Igbo. He insisted that I was in front of his office in Abuja when I called.
“I then introduced myself again to him and told him, My brother, I did not call you, and I couldn’t have been in front of your office on Tuesday because I was not in Abuja, and not even in the country. At about the time you alleged that I called you, I was arriving Nice in France for a meeting.
“By the evening of the same day, I flew to London for another meeting and in fact, had to breeze in to felicitate with my dear elder brother, Dele Momodu on his 63rd birthday. I only flew into the country this morning for this court session.
“The young man, looking embarrassed and surprised at the same time added that the voice of the caller and everything sounded like mine. We exchanged pleasantries and took pictures.
“This is just one of the many desperate efforts to run me down and tag me as what I am not, with the intention to gain some perceived political mileage against me.
“Ordinarily, I am not scared or worried about competitions provided they are within the legitimate rules of engagement, but going this far is worrisome.
“It is quite very worrisome because this is certainly not the right way to develop a nation that is in dire need of positive changes that will enable her to join the League of Nations that are moving forward.
“I appeal to the public to beware and not easily deceived with the cheap tricks of impersonating me for whatever ulterior intentions.”