The Presidential candidate of the Labour, Peter Obi has insisted that he does not have a problem with Chukwuma Soludo, the governor of his state, Anambra.
Ahead of the March 18 governorship and state house of assembly elections, Soludo who is of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), reportedly told Anambrans not to vote for any other party except APGA in Saturday’s elections.
The governor reportedly threatened that he won’t work with any state house of assembly member who is not elected by his party.
On Friday in Awka, Peter Obi had a meeting with candidates of the Labour Party for the state house of assembly election. After the meeting, the 2023 presidential candidate was asked to comment on Soludo’s alleged assertion, and the former governor of Anambra noted that the incumbent governor might have been misquoted.
He, however, urged candidates from LP to aim for victory and when they win, they should work with the governor to bring more development to the state.
Peter Obi said: ”By God’s grace, they will win on Saturday and contribute to building a better Anambra State. I thank those who are supporting us and I want the best candidates to win. The election is not war.
“Let me say categorically that I absolutely have no issue with the governor. Both of us remain friends and we enjoy the best of our relationship.
“We can have political differences, but the fact remains that he is the governor of the state. I contested for the president of Nigeria which, to the best of my knowledge, he is not a contestant.
”I have told my people to go and campaign and win their election on March 18. Their duty as legislators is to work with the governor to ensure that he delivers dividends of democracy to the people. They should give him the necessary support in making laws that will help improve education, roads, and health.
“The lawmakers do not perform executive functions and so, there is no way they can stop him from doing his work.
“He cannot ask them, as lawmakers from another political party, not to pass on the roads he built, or ask their children not to attend schools he built. If he provides water, they will drink it.
“So, I don’t see any conflict anywhere. If you work, people will benefit from it, even if you don’t like them. Maybe the governor was misquoted because a lot of things happen these days.”