Outrage has trailed the appointment of former Director of Information at the Nigerian Defence Headquarters, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, as a member of the Presidential Campaign Organisation of Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi.
Enenche was accused of allegedly claiming photos and videos of unarmed #EndSARS demonstrators at Lekki Tollgate shooting on October 20, 2020 were photoshopped.
Obi released a list of his campaign team, which had 1,234 names, including the Enenche appointed as a representative of the North-Central.
Since the release of the list, it has sparked up different controversies. Enenche’s inclusion in the list has added more woes to the current predicament of the party
It stirred mixed reactions on social media platforms especially from Obi’s supporters. His supporters argued that Enenche’s appointment is a big slap to Obi’s presidential ambition.
Reacting, popular investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo said: “By appointing John Enenche, an officer who claimed photos and videos of slain #EndSARS protesters were ‘photoshopped’, into his presidential campaign council, Peter Obi confirms what many have always said: he is ‘one of them’.
@I_Am_Ilemona said: “Enenche acted as an enemy of the youth and with blithe disregard for the sanctity of human life. He and anyone who chooses to have him on his campaign team are both enemies of the people and deserve no place near the nation’s highest political office. Pure and simple.”
“Maj Gen John Enenche (rtd), who appears on the Labour Party PCC as representing the North Central, once called the Lekki Massacre “photoshopped”. His appoint, barely 10days to the 2nd anniversary of the Lekki Massacre, should raise very serious concerns for everyone #EndSARS
“The conflict of ideology is apparent. And no matter the circumstances, anyone whose first instinct was to call the shooting at Lekki “Photoshop” cannot be said to represent the best interests of the Nigerian young person.”
Editi Effiong said: “No one who was part of murdering #EndSARS protesters or defending their murder should be a part of a movement trying to “take back Nigeria”. Yes, this is a test of leadership.
“If Peter Obi allows that retired general to remain on his PCC, he will lose my support.”
Rights activist, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink said: “We keep warning but people usually don’t listen until they are burnt by the same fire again. There’s no difference being made here and you can’t hide smoke for long. Sentiments blinds. We have a country to save and we have a role to play even after choosing a candidate.”