Nigerian Journalist, Sam Omatseye has claimed that supporters of Labour Party presidential flagbearer, Peter Obi, are threatening his life.
He took to Twitter to make this allegation hours after he published an article about the presidential candidate on The Nation newspaper titled “Obi-tuary”.
The title didn’t sit well with some supporters of the presidential aspirant and they lampooned him over the article.
Some even went as far as sharing an obituary announcing his death and posted it on social media.
A Twitter user with handle @akanyvic wrote,
“If anything happens to Mr. Peter Obi, this bigot has explanations to give because he knows so much. How else do you explain that a man tags Mr. Peter Obi’s picture on the front page of a news paper with the word ‘Obi-tuary’? The attention of NPF and DSS should be drawn to this.”
Another Twitter user @Ogbenidipo wrote,
“Sam Omatseye’s use of Obi-tuary in an article is counter-productive. You are allowed to criticise political candidates but this is extreme. Obituaries, Obi-tuary and other derogatory labels should not be part of anyone’s campaign strategy. You can win with clean messaging.”
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Following the backlash, Omatseye went on Twitter to allege that he has been receiving death threats from supporters of Peter Obi.
He also stated that the presidential candidate should be held responsible if anything happens to him.
“Mr. Peter Obi, call your supporters to order. They are calling and issuing death threats. If anything happens to me, you will be held responsible!!!!”