The governor of Anambra State Charles Chukwuma Soludo has rejected talks of alleged assassination plot against Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate.
The governor’s reaction followed a message titled: “Hold Soludo Responsible If Anything Happens to Peter Obi,” which surfaced on social media at the weekend.
“Yesterday, a helicopter entered Awka by 1:30 a.m. 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.”
The governor had ruled out the LP candidate’s chances of winning the presidency in November of last year.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was accused of harboring animosity for another Igbo man by Obi’s fans, who found the statement offensive.
Chris Aburime, the governor’s chief press secretary, released a statement in which he refuted the most recent allegation and advised the state’s citizens to ignore it.
The statement read:
“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. 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.”