A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has dismissed reports that he demanded N7bn for installing the state governor, Willie Obiano.
According to the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential canidate, he has not received even a sachet water since leaving office seven years ago.
He stated this while speaking at an interactive/stakeholders’ meeting of the Anambra State chapter of the PDP held in Awka, the state capital on Wednesday.
The former banking guru wondered how he could have left N75bn for Obaino and turn around to ask him to give him N7bn out of it.
“Since I left Anambra State government seven years ago, I have not been given anything, not even a sachet of water by the state government. I still go about my duties, giving donations to schools,” Peter Obi said.
“Not even a letter of commendation or even a Christmas or birthday card has been given to me by the state government. I am, however, not bothered because that is not why I am in politics. I am in politics to contribute to the growth of the country.
“Go and ask anybody, I don’t collect gifts to do favour to people. If you have gift for me, please give it to the needy around you. All the people I have helped to win election, I have never asked for anything in return.
“That is why 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 out of it? That does not make sense. My interest in politics is for the right people to be elected, so that our society will be good.”