The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, has described as false the allegations that he demolished a mosque and shunned the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, during his time as governor of Anambra State.
He also described as sheer fabrication further allegations that he drove Hausa people away from the state and ignored then Minister of Finance, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman’s attempt at mediation.
Speaking with reporters in Lagos on Thursday on the allegation of mosque demolition, Obi said, “As a matter of fact, the mosque at Onitsha was destroyed before I became governor.”
On alleged shunning of the Sultan, Obi said, “The irony of this concoction is that I have been a friend of His Eminence, the Sultan right from my first year at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1980 through his tenure as Nigeria’s Defence Attaché in Pakistan till the present.
“The fact is that the visit of his Eminence, during which I was alleged to have snubbed him was purely a courtesy call after which I personally accompanied him to see the Obi of Onitsha, Obi Alfred Achebe with whom he had a meeting.
“I also requested His Eminence to visit the Hausa community in the state during which I offered to rebuild and subsequently gave them the funds for that purpose.”
Obi said the rumours were the handiwork of politicians that have abandoned their primary responsibilities of attending to the plight of several millions of Nigerians without livelihood, over 10 million of out-of-school children and many more of unemployed youths.