Renowned activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore on Monday claimed that he had twice rescued Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, from moves to end his political career.
Sowore who arrived in Lagos today to attend the memorial lecture held in honour of the late human rights lawyer and activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, said forces were on the verge of stopping Obi from becoming Labour Party standard flagbearer months ago until he came through for the former governor of Anambra State.
According to him, there were agitations that Obi should not be presented as the party’s candidate for the 2023 ticket but that he alongside Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and activist, Femi Falana, rose to the occasion by taking legal steps to defend Obi.
Sowore explained further that they went on to obtain judgment in court; from the Court of Appeal, and handed it over to Falana to use it to defend the Labour Party, and by extension, Peter Obi’s candidacy.
“Yes! I’m just telling you that we’re in the business of saving people,” Sowore boasted.
I Saved Peter Obi When Obasanjo Was Impeaching Everybody Impeachable
Sowore took his claims further by saying that there were moves to impeach Obi when he was a sitting Governor in Anambra State but his news platform, saved the day.
According to him, Falana will on a daily basis call him to beg that they should not allow injustice to prevail over Obi.
“I don’t know Peter Obi, but we should not allow this injustice to pass, nobody should be impeached,” Sowore quoted Falana as saying at that time.
He added: “Obasanjo was impeaching everybody impeachable at that time in Nigeria. That was how Obi was able to complete two tenures. So when we speak, we know what we’re saying.”
“We are saying that we have been standing with the Nigerian people but we don’t have any sense of entitlement.”
The news broke out on 5 September 2009 that Nigerian author, publisher, social critic, and politician, Chief Fawehinmi was dead.
HausaToday reports that the deceased became a SAN in September 2001 and was awarded the Senior Advocate of Masses in Obafemi Awolowo University in 1988, among other international awards.
In the course of his activism, Fawehinmi was arrested and jailed serval times by successive governments under military rule.
Reports, however, emerged later that the philanthropist died after battling lung cancer.
Fawenhimi was 71 years old when he was announced dead. The SAN was buried on 15 September 2009 in his home town of Ondo City Nigeria.