Former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, has lamented that incumbent governor Willie Obiano ‘victimised’ United Nations (UN) officials over the face-off with him (Obi) and Oseloka Obaze, PDP candidate for the November 18 election.
He said it was unfortunate that the same man he took to top world bodies after his swearing in, repaid his assistance with such act.
“Immediately my predecessor was elected, I explained to him in the hope that if he got it right, Anambra State will be the ultimate beneficiary”, he told Sun.
“I even took him to all the international partners working for us. Ironically, it was Mr. Oseloka Obaze, using his international contacts, that connected us to most of them.
“We went to the World Bank, DFID, UN, JICA, EU, UNDP. In fact I explained to him our relationship with the UNDP, how, after I allowed them to use our Lodge as office after the attack on their office and how the state had benefitted many folds.
“Surprisingly, one of the first things he did was to issue UNDP with a quit notice.
“Rather than face governance, he is peddling falsehoods against me, including the accusation I bequeathed debt to him. Ask the governor to give you the schedule of those debts.
“They say my state government was able to export vegetables worth $ 5 million. Where was that vegetable produced? What was the refrigeration process? Where is the documentation process? It is like my government saying they are exporting rice.
“You saw the president on October 1, thanking states that are producing rice; he did not even include Anambra State that is now, according to the governor, a net exporter of rice.
“My state government says they had order to export 10 million tubers of yam, but everybody knows that in Anambra State most of the yams we eat come from Benue and Taraba States.”
Asked why he picked Obiano for the 2013 election ahead of Obaze, Obi replied: “I don’t want to go about how he emerged. He has emerged and did not perform, let somebody else try it. It’s just that in this country, so many people have emerged and they did not deliver.”