I can’t demand N7bn bribe when I left N75bn in office – Obi

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A former governor of Anambra , Mr Peter Obi, said there was truth in the claim that he demanded N7bn for installing the governor, .

He wonderd how he could have left N75bn for the governor and turn around to ask him to give him N7bn of it.

The former governor said since he left office about seven years ago, he has not received anything from the government as entitlement or gift.

Obi spoke during an interactive/stakeholders’ meeting of the Anambra chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party held in Awka, the capital on Wednesday.

He said, “Since left Anambra State government seven years ago, have not been given anything, not even a sachet of water by the state government. still go about my duties, giving donations to schools.

“Not even a letter of commendation or even a or birthday card has been given to me by the state government. am, however, not bothered because that is not am in politics. am in politics to contribute to the growth of the country.

“Go and ask anybody, don’t collect gifts to do favour to . If you have gift for me, please give it to the needy around you. All the have helped to win election, have never asked for anything in return.

“That is I feel pained that somebody could say I demanded N7 billion for putting a governor in office. How can you leave N75bn for someone and turn around to tell him to give you N7bn of it? That does not make sense. My interest in politics is for the right to be elected, so that society be good.”

Obi urged the party delegates to be careful about whom they would elect to fly the of the party in the forthcoming governorship election.

“You must vote in who have capacity to win elections. Not all aspirants or candidates can win election, so you must vote who can win elections. You must look well before you vote for that fly the of the .

“ I assure you that primary election be free, fair and credible Anything short of it, I am not involved and I won’t be part of it. I have favoured aspirant, and let one tell you they gave me money or anything because it is not true.

aspirant has bought me a sachet of water. In my politics, I don’t believe in anyone giving me anything. I was governor of this state and a lot of you know me. Ask any contractor if they have ever given me anything. That is not the reason I am in politics. I am in politics to help gain a better future for ,” he added.

The state chairman of the , Ndubuisi Nwobu, asked the party’s ward leaders to commence aggressive mobilisation and registration of for the November 6 governorship poll in the state.