An aide to Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra state, Christian Aburime has revealed that the friendship between the governor and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, also a former governor of Anambra, is still intact.
It would be recalled that in a recent interview on Channels Television, Soludo had said the investments Obi made for Anambra while he was governor are now “worth next to nothing”.
Also, in an article published on Monday titled ‘History Beckons and I Will Not Be Silent (Part 1)’, the former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said the LP candidate does not have the necessary structure in place to win the presidency.
But speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, Aburime said the alleged rift between my principal and Obi is a figment of people’s imagination. “They are brothers who may share different political opinions.
“Soludo’s relationship, friendship and brotherhood with Obi is still intact, as against what many people think. I don’t know how people created and magnified a non-existent issue, and how they are reacting to the Governor’s comment.
“As far as I know, there is no issue between Gov. Soludo and Obi. So I wonder why people disturb themselves and go about shouting in the media, over-reacting and issuing one threat or the other over a non-existent issue they created.
“These are totally uncalled for and the people indulging in such should have a rethink,” he said.
He maintained that Soludo had the right to his opinion and was entitled to it under the 1999 Constitution as Amended and in a democracy and would not succumb to blackmail, threat or attack.
The aide said that Soludo would not retract any statement, adding: “he has no regrets about what he said, because he has actually expressed his own opinion which is his constitutional rights”.
He urged the youths who are threatening to dump heaps of refuse around the government house gates to desist from doing that.
“The youth should refrain from being used as weapons of destabilization instead of being part of the solution to the challenges facing the state. The youths are both the leaders of today and tomorrow. I wonder why they would allow themselves to be used by some individuals.
“Instead of threatening to dump refuse at the Government House, they should rally support for the government of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, because his administration is actually working for the betterment of their lives.