Obiano In­her­ited N185b Debt From Obi, Says Umeh

• He’s Not Clar­i­fy­ing Is­sues, Obi’s Aide Replies

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Sam­son Ezea (La­gos) and Chris­tian Chime (Onit­sha)

AHEAD of the Novem­ber 18, Anam­bra gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion, former Na­tional Chair­man of All Pro­gres­sives Grand Al­liance (APGA) and Di­rec­tor-gen­eral Wil­lie Obiano Cam­paign Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Chief Vic­tor Umeh, said in Awka yes­ter­day that Gover­nor Wil­lie Obiano in­her­ited a whoop­ing N185 bil­lion from his pre­de­ces­sor, Peter Obi. Umeh al­leged that Obi col­lected N50 bil­lion as se­cu­rity vote for the eight years of his reign. He pointed out that all the claims by the Obi’s camp that he left N75 bil­lion for Obiano were mere po­lit­i­cal talks, stress­ing that, in ac­tual fact, what­ever Obi left was in bonds, some of which would ma­ture in about 2030 and bey ond.

On al­le­ga­tions that Obi de­manded from Obiano the sum of N7 bil­lion be­ing monies he spent in mak­ing Obiano gover­nor, Umeh said he was not aware of any such money or an agree­ment to that ef­fect.

He ab­solved Obi of the al­le­ga­tion against Obiano over the money , say­ing that al­le­ga­tion is con­sis­tently com­ing from Obi’s aides. Umeh also tack­led the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) na­tional chair­man, John Odigie Oye­gun, for mak­ing un­guarded state­ment about APC cap­tur­ing Anam­bra state in the Nov. 18, 2017 poll.

He de­scribed Oye­gun’s com­ment as un­demo­cratic, reck­less, in­flam­ma­tory, in­tim­i­dat­ing to the cit­i­zens of the state.

Umeh said: “We’ll make our cam­paign is­sue­based, be­cause APGA has a good mar­ket to sell. The suc­cess of Anam­bra is em­bed­ded in APGA. Our party has a char­ac­ter that is not found any other place; the char­ac­ter in al­low­ing an elected gover­nor to work with­out in­ter­fer­ence.”

In a swift re­ac­tion, Obi’s me­dia aide, Mr Valen­tine Obi­enyem, in a state­ment made avail­able to The­guardian yes­ter­day said that Umeh has failed to clar­ify is­sues, but was only in­ter­ested in drag­ging Obi into it.

Obi­enyem said: “Re­cently, a House mem­ber said it pub­licly that Obiano col­lects 1.2 bil­lion Naira per month as se­cu­rity vote and his wife col­lects N240m as well. Since then, Anam­bra peo­ple have been seek­ing ex­plana- tion. As with their mas­ter so are his fol­low­ers. Rather than Chief Vic­tor Umeh clar­i­fy­ing the mat­ter, he is more in­ter­ested in bring­ing Obi into the mat­ter to con­fuse the peo­ple.

“We have said it al­ways that Obi took the av­er­age of N250 mil­lion as se­cu­rity vote and he has been con­sis­tent in say­ing that he can ac­count for the us­age. It was out of his se­cu­rity votes that he bought over 600 ve­hi­cles for the po­lice, paid N1 mil­lion each to First Class grad­u­ates, among oth­ers.

“It is wrong for Gov. Wil­lie Obiano to give money to greedy Anam­brar­i­ans to lie against Obi. Let him come out boldly and chal­lenge Obi on that and Obi will give ac­count of what he col­lected and how he used it, un­like him who can­not ac­count for over 75 bil­lion Naira handed over to him.

“As for the debt of N185­bil­lion, I hope it is not a de­lib­er­ate cre­ation to re­tire the N75 bil­lion be­queathed him. As at the time Obi left of­fice, he did not owe a sin­gle con­trac­tor. We chal­lenge Umeh and Obiano to pub­lish the names of con­trac­tors Obi owed. How can peo­ple, out of pure de­sire to bring down a man of stel­lar qual­i­ties, in­clude un­ex­e­cuted con­tracts as debts? As we speak, he is yet to ex­e­cute any of those con­tracts.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.