Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti has received assurances from Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi that his “Obidient movement” will run its campaign on issues rather than personal attacks.
According to Peter Obi, the recent controversy was not what the movement and his goal stood for and that the focus of his campaign would be on issues that regularly affect Nigerians and Nigeria.
In a video clip online, the former governor of Anambra provided the guarantee while paying the musician a visit. Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, was among the attendees at the gathering.
“I said no after seeing what my own brother, Femi, tweeted! That is not the kind of civilization we want to create for the future.
“We will lead a campaign based on issues that affect Nigerians and that is what I encourage everybody to do,” he said while addressing Femi in the video clip.
While the detail of the visit is unknown, it may not be unconnected to the recent online squabble between the veteran musician and Obi’s supporters.
There had been reports that the musician allegedly described Obi’s supporters as “zombies”.
“How can you be Obidient in this chaos? I am not Obidient. Tell me, at 60, why am I Obidient? You said I should be Obidient, sit down, be peaceful,” he said.
“Are you all okay in this country?,” Kuti was quoted to have allegedly said during a performance at the Shrine Thursday night.
However, the veteran musician faulted the claims, saying he was misquoted and he never described the supporters as “zombies”.
In a series of Tweets on Friday, Kuti said, “You are such liars. Of what benefit is it to the people when you take my words out of context like this?
“I said I’m too angry at my age to be obedient. Expressing I do not like the ‘term’. But if Peter Obi wins and actually changes the country better for all of us
“How you all come up with fabricated lies beats me. But why all the lies? You heard me endorse him or ever anyone? Mr Mc lie lie. Yes and where did I called the youths zombies? I AM NOT BAT.”