A former spokesman of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), John Enenche, has reacted to the backlash over his inclusion in the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Campaign Council.
Naija News recalls that Labour Party on Wednesday released a list of its campaign team, which included the former Army General who was appointed as a representative of the North-Central. Enenche, during the heat of the EndSARS protests in 2020, claimed that the images which showed the shooting of the protesters at the Lekki tollgate were photoshopped. The video of his claims at a media briefing days after the Lekki tollgate incident was posted on Twitter. Enenche’s appointment has led to an outcry from the party supporters on Twitter who insist that he is not worthy of the position. However, in a statement on Friday, Enenche said his comment at the time was based on available information to him during the EndSARS protests. Enenche said he worked with the overriding interest of Nigerians based on the oath of allegiance he swore on commission into military service which is sacrosanct. He stated that he has known LP presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed respectively, for years and believes in their capabilities. He said: “Dear Nigerians, I am Major General John Enenche (rtd). Recall I underscored the need for every conscience-bound Nigerian, cutting across societal class to join the current political exercise in the country towards electing credible, competent and capable leaders in 2023. In addition, I enjoined all to speak out and not sit on the fence. “Consequently, I made bold to openly and objectively support the candidature of HE Mr Peter Obi and Dr Yusuf Ahmed-Datti without fear or contraction. Based on my knowledge of the duo for about 17 years and 5 years respectively, they can provide quality leadership for the Nation that will guarantee effective followership. This is what Nigeria needs now to overcome all the numerous challenges imposed on the citizenry in the last two decades. “I believe that all Obidient Nigerians among others that believe and are working towards a new Nigeria and taking our country back have the same conviction as me. In this regard, I appeal to all in this endeavour to allow us to maintain focus to achieve this all-important mission. “Let me state here that a good number of us in this liberation effort have a lot to give and contribute based on knowledge acquired over time in excess of thirty years, that will give a solid foundation to the Labour Party Government at all levels in Nigeria from 2023. “Dear countrymen and women, following my appointment on the campaign council of the Labour Party, there were reactions on social media about my pronouncement concerning a video shot at the scene of the ENDARS incident at Lekki toll gate on 20 October 2020. “Everyone that commented in any way was right based on the information at their disposal and individual analysis. Personally and professionally, I worked with the overriding interest of Nigerians at heart based on the oath of allegiance I swore on commission into military service which is sacrosanct. I sincerely shared the pains of that breaking news through social media as it were. “On this note, I want to assure all that more effort will be put in so that all assertions can be cleared convincingly from appropriate sources. God bless our cause for the recovery of our dear country Nigeria. Thank you.”
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