The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has said that he is open to constructive criticisms of his policies.
The former Governor of Anambra State stated this in a tweet via his verified Twitter account on Sunday, while reacting to a war of words among his supporters on the microblogging platform.
Naija News reports that one of the organizers of the #Endsars protests, Rinu Oduala, had questioned Obi on his plan to address police brutality which led to the Lekki shooting on October 20, 2020 in Lagos State.
The question by Rinu, also a supporter of the LP presidential candidate, was seen by other Obidients as unnecessary which led to a verbal attack on the political activist.
The war of words became more intense when human rights activist, Aisha Yesufu backed Rinu, saying that Obi must expressly disclose how he is going to tackle police brutality.
Reacting to the development, Obi called on his supporters to allow other Nigerians to constructively criticise his actions and statements.
The former Governor of Anambra said that he supports a new Nigeria in which citizens can criticize and hold leaders accountable.
The LP presidential candidate added that constructive criticisms will make the country’s leadership better, adaptive and responsive.
Obi therefore commended Aisha Yesufu and some of his supporters for constructively criticising him publicly.
He wrote:“I have noticed that some who have questioned or constructively criticized my actions or pronouncements are also being criticized for speaking up. The new Nigeria we seek is one in which citizens can criticize and hold leaders accountable.
“I welcome such constructive criticisms; it will make our leadership better, adaptive and responsive. When @AishaYesufu and @firstladyship criticize me publicly, I know they both mean well for me and for Nigeria. I know I have them in my corner. Salute!”
I have noticed that some who have questioned or constructively criticised my actions or pronouncements are also being criticised for speaking up. The new Nigeria we seek, is one in which citizens can criticise and hold leaders accountable.
— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) October 16, 2022