The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has reacted to comment made by the incumbent governor of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, that Obi can’t win the 2023 presidential election.
Reacting on Tuesday at the 2022 Lagos Business School (LBS) Alumni Conference in Lagos, Obi described Soludo as his brother, noting that when he was governor between 2006 and 2014 he did his little.
Soludo had said that the investment he (Obi) left in government is worth close to nothing, in a swift response, Obi urged Soludo to do his best in the state as an economics professor.
“He (Soludo) remains my brother, we are very close. I remain prayerful for him. For other things which I didn’t succeed at, 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.”
According to the former governor, his administration saved 50 million dollars in Access, Diamond, and Fidelity banks at an interest rate of 6.5%, leaving the office with funds totaling 75 billion Naira.
He further said, “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.
Citing Innoson Motors and Zinos Computers as examples, he claimed to have left the workplace without being in debt to any suppliers or contractors who had completed their tasks.