In a statement posted on his verified Twitter handle, Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, disclosed that individuals resembling him had been actively impersonating his voice and making calls to people. Obi expressed concern about this troubling situation and expressed his dismay at becoming a domestic and international target.
He stated, “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.”
Recently, an audio recording of a phone conversation between Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), and David Oyedepo, the Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church, was leaked to the public. The authenticity of the audio has been a subject of debate.
Diran Onifade, the Head of the Obi-Datti Media Office and a veteran broadcaster, dismissed the audio as a deep fake and claimed it resulted from propaganda orchestrated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). However, another member of the media team, Kenneth Okonkwo, confirmed the authenticity of the audio in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle. Okonkwo, however, stated that Obi’s opponents took the audio out of context.
In the leaked audio, released by an online newspaper called Peoples Gazette, Obi was heard soliciting the support of Oyedepo to garner votes from Christians in the South-West region. He mentioned the importance of these votes, referring to the upcoming 2023 presidential election as a religious war.
It is important to note that the authenticity and context of the audio recording have been subjects of discussion, with differing opinions emerging from Obi’s media team.
He said, “Daddy, I need you to speak to your people in the South-West and Kwara, the Christians in the South-West and Kwara. This is a religious war. Like I keep saying: if this works, you people will never regret the support.”
The leaked audio recording stirred up a storm on social media, with confident Obi supporters claiming it was a forgery.
In a statement released in the early hours of Sunday, Onifade expressed his observations, stating, “It seems that the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains determined to seize and maintain power through unfair tactics, even more than a month after they successfully secured the election as they had planned.”
“While we are toeing the constitutional path to retrieve our mandate, those who have truncated the wishes of most Nigerians have recoursed to mischief and endless subterfuge to continue to hold on to what they know does not belong to them.
“From the show of shame in Portharcourt to the drama in the Ibom Air aircraft, both of which they contrived, they have now moved to the circulation of a deep fake audio file to promote religious tension in the country.