Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Friday, dismissed claims by the state governor, Willie Obiano, that the transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to the state was concluded in 2012 during the reign of former Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan and Obi as governor of the state.
Obiano had while speaking through his Senior Special Adviser on political matters, Mr. Chinedu Obidigwe, alleged that the decision to transfer the prisoners was taken during a seminar organized for officers and men of the Nigeria Prison Service, NPS, in 2012.
But in a reaction, Obi, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, expressed shock about Obiano’s claims, describing it as a blatant lie.
He said he was shocked that Governor Willie Obiano would personally sign such a release laying claims to what appeared nauseating and childish.Obienyem added that Anambra people expected commendation from Obiano for Obi for the N75 billion in cash and investment he left for him and for restoring the pride of the state when other governors were bequeathing debts to their successors, rather than trying vainly to drag his name to the mud through statements such as this present one linking him to the Boko Haram issue.
He said the present campaign was not the first, recalling that the same people mass-produced documentaries against Obi and shared them free to people.
Describing the claim as a blatant lie, Obienyem wondered how an action or a plan concluded by a man who left office almost 16 months ago was being implemented now.
He said: “The governor is clearly looking for an alibi for an action that was against the people. He should look elsewhere and not in the direction of Mr. Peter Obi, who, since he left office, had opted to stay away from Awka and not to distract the present government in any way.”