Obi responds to smear campaign on alleged N7 billion request from Obiano
….Says PDP primaries will be transparent
Former vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that claims that he demanded N7 billion cash from Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State as favour is not deserving of anyone’s credulity.
Mr Obi was former governor of Anambra who also midwifed Obiano’s succession into the office.
Both men have however fallen apart over political differences over the years.
But in responding to the said allegation of asking for a sumptuous pay off for his support, Obi, said that it was impossible given the fiscal records he left behind as governor.
“I feel pained that somebody could say I demanded N7 billion for putting a governor in office. How can you leave N75bn for someone and turn around to tell him to give you N7bn out of it? That does not make sense. My interest in politics is for the right people to be elected so that our society will be good,” Obi said during an interactive/stakeholders’ meeting of the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held in Awka, the State capital, recently.
The former governor said since he left office about seven years ago, he has not received anything from the state government as entitlement or gift.
“Since I left Anambra State government seven years ago, I have not been given anything, not even a sachet of water by the state government. I still go about my duties, giving donations to schools.
“Not even a letter of commendation or even a Christmas or birthday card has been given to me by the state government. I am however not bothered because that is not why I am in politics. I am in politics to contribute to the growth of the country.
“Go and ask anybody, I don’t collect gifts to do favour to people. If you have gift for me, please give it to the needy around you.
All the people I have helped to win election, I have never asked for anything in return.
Obi also urged the party delegates to be careful about whom they would elect to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming governorship election.
“You must vote in people who have capacity to win elections. Not all aspirants or candidates can win election. So, you must vote people who can win elections. You must look well before you vote for people that will fly the flag of the PDP.
“I assure you that our primary election will be free, fair and credible. Anything short of it, I am not involved and I won’t be part of it. I have no favoured aspirant and let no one tell you they gave me money or anything because it is not true.
“No aspirant has bought me a sachet of water. In my politics, I don’t believe in anyone giving me anything. I was governor of this state and a lot of you know me. Ask any contractor if they have ever given me anything. That is not the reason I am in politics. I am in politics to help gain a better future for Nigeria,” he added.