Soludo denies collecting $28 million to blackmail Peter Obi

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The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo, has refuted the allegation that he collected $28 million from some quarters to blackmail the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.

He said this while interacting with journalists in Awka after a Thanksgiving Mass to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus C. Ezeokafor.

Soludo said he would have been extremely wealthy if he collected such money.

The Anambra governor urged those accusing him of collecting such a huge amount of money to bring it so that he can use it in constructing roads for the people of the state.

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“If I had truly received $28 million to blackmail my brother, Peter Obi, I should be extremely wealthy as of today.

“For those forging blackmail and all that, including the one they said I collected bribe to say what I said, I asked them to bring it so I will use it to construct roads for Anambra people. If Soludo is into bribery, I would have been a multi-trillionaire now,” Soludo said.

The governor, who met the LP presidential flagbearer at the event, said, “Today is very special. When we came into the service, it was the first time, Obi and I are meeting at a public event and in a Catholic Church which the two of us belong to. I think it was divine.

“When I came in, I quickly went to where he sat and hugged him, people watched with bewilderment as if it was a drama, asking if it was not the same people quarrelling.”

Soludo said his brotherly relationship with Obi has not been affected by their political differences, noting that their recent quarrel was political and not personal.

He added that he still spoke with Obi twice last night.

“There is no rift between Obi and me at a personal level. Nobody snatched each other’s wife. What appears to be the rift between us is fundamental political differences. Nothing else.

“On the fundamental differences we have, we are going to meet in the next few weeks. We’ve agreed to discuss and iron out our differences,” the Anambra governor said.

 

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