Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Anambra State Government has debunked a report claiming that Professor Chukwuma Soludo, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, was contracted to eliminate Obi for a fee.
A report which surfaced in the social media alleged that Soludo held a meeting with the NICE-announced winner of the just concluded 2023 Presidential election, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at Imo State Government House, Owerri, on how to stop the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, from reclaiming the mandate through Court process and to stop Peter Obi’s popularity.
The message which was entitled “Hold Soludo Responsible If Anything Happens To Peter Obi,” said Soludo’s hatred for Peter Obi and everything he stands for is becoming glaring as things unfold.
“Yesterday, a Helicopter entered Awka by 1:30 am and took Soludo to a secret meeting at Government House, Owerri. The agenda of the meeting is Peter Obi and how to stop him physically, politically, and otherwise.
“Soludo was given Five Million Dollars in 100 dollar bills for the hatchet job and Soludo promised to eliminate Peter Obi…,” it said.
But Christian Aburime, Chief Press Secretary to Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, dismissed the piece as infantile, nauseating, mischievous, unnecessarily inflammatory, and a figment of the imagination of its authors.
He said Soludo despite his political leaning remains a brother and friend of Peter Obi and would not think of hurting him or any other person for political reasons.
According to him, “Soludo is the father of all and he has a good heart towards everybody. I am surprised that people can concoct this type of blackmail against him.
“I want to state categorically that there is no iota of truth in that write-up, he did not go to Owerri and he was not offered any sum of money to harm anyone, not even his brother Mr. Peter Obi, an illustrious son of Anambra.
“Soludo wishes Obi well, and he appreciates Anambra voters for supporting him massively, of course, he predicted his victory in Anambra, and remember, there was no form of violence or electoral malfeasance in Anambra, that speaks a lot about the peaceful nature of Soludo,” he said.
Aburime said there were no benefits either personal or generally for anybody who wished to create animosity between two national human capital assets and great sons of Anambra through mischief.
He said the development, protection of lives and property, and sustainable progress of Anambra should be the bigger picture that should occupy the minds of Anambra people than the personal interest of those desirous of causing chaos in the State!