Peter Obi, the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, has said that he was misinterpreted in his remarks about the former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, when he visited the state last Thursday to commission a project.
Obi, in a statement on Saturday, November 19, 2022, by Obi-Datti media office, explained that Dr. Odili is an alumnus of his alma mater, Christ the King College, CKC, Onitsha but graduated ahead of him.
The former Anambra State governor said he couldn’t have said that Odili was his classmate, stating that his comment was that the former Rivers governor “was a great footballer in my school that we all cherished and had good memory of his football exploits when we entered the school.
“I was in CKC from 1973 to 1978 and Dr. Peter Odili before I entered the school. He was such a fabulous footballer whose image still loomed large even in our time especially when my primary school was very close to CKC.
“The truth is that the primary school I attended, Santa Maria School/Holy Trinity School were both owned by the same Catholic Church that owns the Christ the King, CKC, Onitsha.
“In fact, both primary schools were feeder schools to the CKC and a large number of pupils that passed through them ended up in CKC for secondary education.”
Obi-Datti media office stated that this was misconstrued by some mischief-makers to mean that Peter Odili was Obi classmate.
“Obi’s remarks, which was wrongly interpreted only showed that he and Odili and other prominent Nigerians went to the same CKC Onitsha and remain alumni of the school,” the media office added.
Class Act: ‘As A Professor, Let Soludo Do Better Than Me As Governor’ – Peter Obi
Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, said he did his little as governor of Anambra State and urged the incumbent governor, Chukwuma Soludo to do his best in the state as an economics professor.
Obi stated this at the 2022 Lagos Business School (LBS) Alumni Conference in Lagos.
The Anambra governor between 2006 and 2014 was reacting to Soludo’s comments that the investment he (Obi) left in government is worth close to nothing.
Also, Soludo on Monday had tackled Obi, saying he can’t win the 2023 presidential election.
Soludo Remains My Brother
Reacting on Tuesday in Lagos, Obi described Soludo as his brother.
“He (Soludo) remains my brother, we are very close. I remain prayerful for him. For other things which I didn’t succeed, God has given him opportunity to do it and succeed.
“So, if there is anything pending, governance doesn’t finish, people are still in government in America, so you stop where you will stop, other people will continue from there,” Obi said.
“He is the governor of the state; he is my senior brother, he is even more intelligent than me because he is a professor, I am a trader, so he knows more and will be able to do things better than I am doing it.
“I have done my little own as a trader, now the professor is there he will do his own as a professor, the schools I didn’t roof he will roof them, that’s how government goes.”
The former governor said he left the office with savings of 75 Billion Naira, adding that his administration saved 50 million dollars each in Access, Diamond, and Fidelity banks with an interest rate of 6.5%.
He further clarifies, “The one they said is worthless, we invested 3.5 billion naira in International Breweries…that facility is there employing directly and indirectly over 10,000 Anambarians. The shares was at a time being sold at N50, today the shares is about N5 or so.
“When you spread your investment some will go up some will come down but overall the company is still there, the company is still doing well, it is still part of the global chain and everything. I needed to explain it not because I am defending comments by my brother,” the LP candidate said.
He said he left the office without owing any contractor, supplier who had executed their job, citing the examples of Innoson Motors and Zinos Computers.