The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that Peter Obi is a gift from the Igbo to Nigeria.
According to Governor Ikpeazu, south-east governors are not opposed to his emergence as running mate of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor said this on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 after accompanying Obi to the site of the pipeline fire that killed scores in Umuimo and Umuadoro communities of Abia. He said that:
“I want to seize this opportunity to officially and publicly congratulate our leader and our brother, Mr. Peter Obi.
“He is a worthy son of Igboland and a worthy Nigerian; one of the best in this clime, for the opportunity to serve Nigeria.
“Mr. Peter Obi is a gift from Ndi-Igbo to this country and his work and pedigree bear eloquent testimony of the Igbo DNA.
“It will be foolhardy for anybody not to queue and support and make sure that he continues to serve this country to the best of his ability”.
The governor said that the south-east governors are happy with his nomination as vice-presidential candidate of the PDP, adding that he is expected to hold a meeting with them.
“He (Obi) had promised that he was returning and coming to speak with us and we said yes, we were willing to speak with him.
“At no time did the governors or the leadership of Ndi-Igbo at any level say that we are not happy.
“If anything, we think that his choice was apt and you can see the widespread reception across Nigeria and if we are banking on the 11 million Igbos in Diaspora to vote, it is only Mr. Peter Obi that can get there”
Meanwhile the media aide of Peter Obi, Valentine Obienyem, has said that there was no time his principal claimed that he had no house in London.
Obienyem made the clarification while reacting to reports that Obi lied about owning houses in London.
In a statement Obienyem stated that:
“During several media programmes, Mr. Peter Obi said Onitsha was the only place he owned a personal house in Nigeria.
“In an attempt to discredit him, some people are posting his London houses as the much-awaited evidence that he lied.
“First, let it be noted that the issue of having a personal house only in Onitsha is a matter of choice. If his lifestyle supports love for houses, Obi can afford to have houses in the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“As for his London houses, it might interest the public to note that he bought his first house in London in 1987. All the houses he owned in London were purchased before he became governor of Anambra State and were all duly declared”.
Obienyem advised Nigerians and the international community to disregard “false stories being fabricated by detractors who are clutching at straws in their vain bid to demonise Mr. Obi, a proven performer and lover of the masses who is well known for his forthrightness and integrity”.