Ex-governor of Anambra State Peter Obi has denied demanding N7 billion for installing the state governor Willie Obiano.
Speaking on Wednesday at an interactive/stakeholders’ meeting of the Anambra chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Obi wondered how he could have left N75 billion in the state’s bank accounts and turn around to ask Mr Obiano of N7 billion.
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.
He said, “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.
“That is why I feel pained that somebody could say I demanded N7 billion for putting a governor in office. How can you leave N75 billion for someone and turn around to tell him to give you N7 billion 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 urged the party delegates to be careful about whom they would elect to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming governorship election.
The state chairman of the PDP Ndubuisi Nwobu asked the party’s ward leaders to commence aggressive mobilisation and registration of members for the November 6 governorship poll in the state.