The governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo, has dismissed rumors that he collected $28 million from anyone or any party to blackmail the Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Soludo said this while fielding questions from reporters in Awka, the Anambra State capital, after the Rev. Paulinus C. Ezeokafor’s Thanksgiving Mass to mark his 70th birthday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where he met Obi.
The Anambra governor said, “If I really received $28 million to blackmail my brother, Peter Obi, I would be very rich today.
“For those who fake blackmail and all that, including that I have been bribed to say what I said, I asked them to bring it, I was going to use it to build roads for the people of Anambra. If Soludo had gone into bribery, I would now be a multi-billionaire.
“Today is very special. When we entered the service, it was the first time, Obi and I are meeting in a public event and in a Catholic church where we both belong. I think it was divine.
“When I entered, I quickly went to where he sat and hugged him, as if it was a drama that people were watching in amazement, wondering if it wasn’t the same people who were fighting,” he added.
Speaking on the perceived rift, Soludo said it is political, stressing that he spoke to Obi twice last night and that politics has not come into the relationship as brothers.
“There is no rift between Obi and I on a personal level. No one stole each other’s wife. What appears to be a rift between us are fundamental political differences. Nothing else.
“On the fundamental differences we have, we will meet in the coming weeks. We have discussed and agreed to clarify the differences between us”, he emphasized.