A resident of Nigeria’s northwestern Sokoto state, Jamilu Sufi, claims he has been receiving death threats for supporting Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi for Nigeria’s 2023 election.
Mr. Sufi, a Muslim, revealed this through a Twitter post on sunday.
The LP’s presidential candidate, Mr. Obi, is a Christian from Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria.
He said that the person who threatened him also contacted his wife and also threatened to kill her if he (Sufi) refuses to withdraw his support for Mr. Obi.
“I do not succumb to blackmail or threats,” Sufi said in the post.
He included a phone number that he said belongs to the man who is allegedly threatening him.
“It got to a point where he called my wife and threatened to kill her too. I blocked him but he and other guys continued (threatening me and my wife),” he further tweeted.
Sufi said the unidentified person is fluent in Igbo and Hausa languages.
He said the man also sent him voice notes via WhatsApp and threatened to kill him.
Mr. Sufi told PREMIUM TIMES that he had reported the matter to the police in Sokoto state.
Mr. Sufi has been using Twitter to drum up support in Sokoto State and the Northwest for Mr. Obi and the LP.
He claimed, in one of his posts on the microblogging site, to have united the different LP factions in Sokoto state and expressed plans to do the same in other states in the region.
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He described Mr. Obi as “a president in the making”. Nigeria, he said, would be safe with Obi.
Suspect denies making death threats
When contacted by PREMIUM TIMES with the unidentified person via the phone number provided in Mr. Sufi’s tweet, he denied making any threats.
He identified himself as Buhari, although he claimed to belong to the Igbo, a dominant ethnic group in southeastern Nigeria.
The man said he converted to Islam in Kano state.
“Not true. Completely ignore it, unless you have some evidence to show me,” Buhari said of the death threat allegation.
When asked if he had ever threatened Mr. Sufi, he replied: “I don’t even know anyone by that name. I don’t fully relate to the Peter Obi people. I am a full member of the All Progressive Congress. My name is not Kingsley. My name is Buhari.”