The spokesman for the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections, Peter Obi, has refuted claims that the former Anambra State Governor claimed he had no house in London.
Valentine Obienyem who is Obi’s Special Adviser on Media made the clarification on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, while reacting to the stories being spread online by ‘Obi’s detractors that he lied about owning houses in London’.
A statement signed by Obienyem reads:
“During several media programmes, Mr. Peter Obi had stated that Onitsha was the only place he owned a personal house in Nigeria.
In an attempt to discredit him, some people are posting his London houses as the much-awaited evidence that he lied.
Firstly, let it be noted that the issue of having a personal house only in Onitsha is a matter of choice. If his lifestyle supports love for houses, Obi can afford to have houses in the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
As for his London houses, it might interest the public to note that he bought his first house in London in 1987. All the houses he owned in London were purchased before he became governor of Anambra State and were all duly declared.”
Obienyem advised Nigerians and the international community ‘to disregard false stories being fabricated by detractors who are clutching at straws in their vain bid to demonise Obi who is a proven performer and lover of the masses and one who is well known for his forthrightness and integrity.’