Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has reacted to the criticism he faced from Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state.
Soludd in an interview on Channels Television, said the investments Obi made for Anambra while he was governor are now “worth next to nothing”. In an article published on Monday, November 14, titled ‘History Beckons and I Will Not Be Silent (Part 1)’, the former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), also said Peter Obi will not win the 2023 presidency and may even not come third.
Responding to the criticism on Tuesday, November 15, at the Lagos Business School (LBS) 2022 alumni conference, Obi stated that government is a continuum, and as such, Soludo can do better for the state since he is now in office.
He also said he played his part as a trader after being elected as Governor of Anambra state, and Soludo can now take the state to greater heights as a Professor. According to Obi, Soludo now has the opportunity to succeed in things he didn’t succeed at as Governor of the South-East state.
“The one that they said is worthless is that we invested [$]3.5 billion in International Breweries. International Breweries is part of Ab Inbev, which is the biggest brewery in the whole world.
“We had a policy when I was governor that any company, foreign investor who wants to invest in Anambra state, we will buy 10 percent of the company, and under the condition, we started an agreement that they will give Anambra people work to the minimum of not less than 40 percent.
“They built a facility in Anambra state. That facility is there today employing, directly and indirectly, over 10,000 Anambrarians. They bring one of the highest revenue source for the state.
“When you spread your investments, some will go up, some will go down. But overall, the company is still there, still doing well, and a part of a global chain.
“I didn’t explain it because of the comment of my brother. My brother remains my brother. We are very close and I remain prayerful for him.
“For other things which I didn’t succeed, God has given him opportunity to do it and succeed. For me, if there is anything pending, governance doesn’t finish. You stop where you stop; other people will continue from there.
“He is a governor of my state; my senior brother. He’s even more intelligent than me. He is a professor; I’m a trader. So, he will be able to do things more than I have done it.
“Now, the professor is there, he will do what I didn’t do. The school I didn’t roof, he will roof them.”
At the LBS conference today, they asked Peter Obi to react to Soludo’s comments, you need to listen to it yourself.
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