Former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi has taken a lash at Governor Willie Obiano over his alleged claim that he (Obi) demanded N7bn from him, adding that it is a tactic by Obiano to divert people’s attention from his gross incompetence.
Obi who frowned at Obiano’s blackmailing slush urged him to tell the people of Anambra State what he has done for them in almost four years of his administration instead of muddling up issues with sole aim of currying favour from electorate.
Reacting through his Special Adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, in a statement made available to the press, the ex-governor said that now is campaign time and that rather than tell the people of the State what he has done for them, he is busy sponsoring people on different media to say he demanded N7bn from him, which was entirely false.
According to Obi, he should go ahead and tell Anambra people what he used their money to do, bearing in mind that major projects in the state such as roads, Awka and Nnewi malls as well as Onitsha and Agulu Hotels, among others remain abandoned.
“We know the Governor has many questions to answer and cannot run away from them through blackmail. For instance, on the issue of the 75 Billion Naira Obi left for him, he tried to deny it by saying he met ‘near cash’, we went on and published the banks and account numbers where the money were and the bank certified statement of accounts, but they tactically kept quiet.
“To refresh our minds, Obi left N2,139,951,400 Billion in First Bank (Acc no. 2018779464) for Oko erosion; N4,909,576,925.98 Billion in Sure-P Diamond account (0026290200); 1,782,568,032 Billion in UBEC 1 Diamond account(0023484282); N2,101,864,766 Billion Ubec 2 Diamond Account (0031151473); over 4 Billion Naira in many MDG accounts one of which was the N3,048,355,196 Billion in Fidelity Bank(5030047097); over 35 Billion Naira cash (set aside funds added) in all the banks.
“Obi also left 156 Million Dollars in Fidelity Bank ($56 Million Dollars); Diamond Bank ($50 Million Dollars); and Access Bank ($50 Million Dollars).
“If left as Anambra’s Future Growth Funds as conceived by Obi, the money with interest and accruals would have been about 200 Billion Naira, but Gov. Obiano has sold all of them. In fact, it was one of the disagreements about the sale that led Mr. Oseloka Obaze to resign. Obiano should be busy telling us the status of these moneys rather than his current blackmail.”
The statement further said: “Now is also the time for Obiano to justify before Anambra people why he takes 1.2 Billion Naira as security votes, which is biggest in Nigeria relative to income.” The statement said that what was curious was that within his first 6 months in office, he vired all the money in MDG account, with which schools and hospitals get monetary and development support to his security vote.”
Further according to Obi, now was the time for Obiano to clear so many lies his administration has been dishing out to the people of the State, with the phantom 5 Million Dollars ugu export as an example. “As a seasonal vegetable, at least ugu would be exported once every year, but now, going to two years, we do not hear about it again.
“He recently told us that Anambra got the order to export 10 million tubers of yam, maybe he did not even realize that over 80% of yam consumed in Anambra State come from Benue and Taraba States. He also said that Anambra is now producing over 200 metric tons of rice, when even Stines company source rice from Ebonyi State,’’ it stated.