Obi Calls on Igbos in the Diaspora to Support Jonathan, Denies plots to become the SGF

1622079_760112200719761_8016043997440849499_n10574244_760112264053088_6254041846508286882_nThe former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has called on Igbos in the Diaspora to support President Goodluck Jonathan to be re-elected the President of Nigeria early next year.

Speaking in the USA on Saturday, during the 2014 World Igbo Congress in Houston, Texas, Obi, who was recognized and presented with an Award for his distinguished and commendable performance in public office, said that for Igbos to get their due in Nigeria, that they should always look at what would benefit the people and not for selfish reasons. “Today, some people said we negotiated wrongly with Jonathan in 2010 just because we moved away from the past practice where people’s idea of negotiation ends in nominating their children, relations or cronies for appointment. What we did was to go for those things that will benefit the totality of our people, such as request for an International Airport with full terminal building, the construction of the Second Niger Bridge, the control of some menacing erosion in the geo-political region, the reconstruction of Federal roads in the region, among others”, Obi said he was happy that Jonathan is doing all that.

Obi assured that future negotiations will follow the same pattern and called on those still seeking personal benefits to have a re-think.

Further, Obi said that beyond working on those specific projects that were basis for negotiation with President Jonathan in 2010, that the President’s personal approach to issues affecting our people, just like others, were encouraging. Using INNOSON Motor Manufacturing Company as an example, Obi recalled how Jonathan’s intervention made him recover the money for his goods wrongly auctioned and how he personally came to commission the company’s Nnewi facility and how he has continued to encourage him.

On the rumour that he was plotting to replace Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Obi described the rumour as “very wicked”, and said he was still at a loss to discern what those after the rumour hope to gain other than to destroy relationships and present him as somebody desperate for appointment, when the contrary is actually the case. “I have never discussed the issue of SGF with anybody and do not know how people conceived the story of my plotting to become one. It must be the mechanization of evil minds,” Obi said.

Meanwhile, the former Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu who was alleged to be the Chief Lobbyist for Obi has denied the report which he said appeared for him totally incomprehensible, malicious and wicked.

Those that attended the conference includes, the Representative of the President and the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Ebele Obiano representing her husband and the Governor of Anambra State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, Simon Okeke, Prof Pita Ejiofor, Engr Patrick Obi, Joe-martins Uzodike, CY Agupugo, among others.

Obi wrapped the visit with mass on Sunday at Igbo Community Catholic Church in Houston on Sunday shortly before he departed to Nigeria.

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