I didn’t collect $28m to blackmail Peter Obi – Soludo

Charles Soludo

Anambra State Governor Prof. Charles Soludo has debunked the rumour that he was given $28 million to blackmail the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Soludo spoke on Thursday in Awka, Anambra State capital after the thanksgiving mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in celebration of the Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor’s 70th birthday.

Soludo and Obi met at the event and embraced despite claims of animosity between the duo over the former’s recent criticism of the latter.

“If I had truly received $28 million to blackmail my brother, Peter Obi, I should be extremely wealthy as of today,” said Soludo.

“For those forging blackmail and all that, including the one they said I collected bribe to say what I said, I asked them to bring it so I will use it to construct roads for Anambra people. If Soludo is into bribery, I would have been a multi-trillionaire now.

“Today is very special. When we came into the service, it was the first time, Obi and I are meeting at a public event and in a Catholic Church which the two of us belong to. I think it was divine.”

Soludo added, “When I came in, I quickly went to where he sat and hugged him, people watched with bewilderment as if it was a drama, asking if it was not the same people quarrelling.”

Speaking on their perceived rift, the Anambra governor said it is political, stressing that he spoke with Obi about two times on Wednesday night and that politics has not crept into their relationship as brothers.

“There is no rift between Obi and me at a personal level. Nobody snatched each other’s wife. What appears to be the rift between us is fundamental political differences. Nothing else.

“On the fundamental differences we have, we are going to meet in the next few weeks. We’ve agreed to discuss and iron out our differences,” he maintained.