Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Tuesday said his wish was for Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo to surpass his achievements.
Soludo had claimed last week that Obi’s investments for the state when he was the governor were not worth much presently.
Following a backlash from the presidential candidate’s supporters, Soludo authored an article in which he further criticised Obi’s administration.
The governor wrote off Obi’s chances in next year’s election, saying the LP flagbearer is not even among the major contenders.
Soludo, in the article titled ‘History beckons and I will not be silent (Part 1)’, said poverty doubled under Obi.
He also questioned the propriety of using taxpayers’ money to promote a company, SabMiller, in which Obi is allegedly a shareholder.
The governor wondered whether the ‘savings’ are warranted when there were dozens of schools without roofs or classrooms, local governments without access roads or hospitals without doctors/nurses.
“Governments exist to save lives, not to save money…
“Poverty more than doubled under Peter Obi and more than 50 per cent of Ndi Anambra were in poverty under him. Go and verify!,” Soludo said.
But, speaking at the Lagos Business School Alumni Conference monitored by TOS NEWS, Obi said one of his investments employs over 10,000 people.
He said since the government is a continuum, Soludo has a chance to do better as a professor.
Obi said: “When you spread your investment, some will go up, some will come down. But overall, the company is still there. The company is still doing well.
“It’s still part of a global chain. I needed to explain it not because I’m defending comments made by my brother.
“My brother is a brother and remains my brother. We’re very close. I remain prayerful for him.
“Of other things which I didn’t succeed, God has given him the opportunity to do it and succeed.
“For me, if there is anything pending, governance doesn’t end. So, you stop where you stop. Other people will continue from there.
“He is the governor of the state; he is my senior brother, he is even more intelligent than me because he is a professor, I am a trader, so he knows more and will be able to do things better than I am doing it.
“I have done my little bit as a trader, now the professor is there he will do his own as a professor.
“The schools I didn’t roof, he will roof them. That’s how the government goes.
“The one they said is worthless, we invested N3.5 billion in International Breweries …that facility is there employing directly and indirectly over 10,000 Anambarians,” he said.