Saturday, March 5, 2016 5:51 pm
Former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state has pleaded with Chief Victor Umeh, the former Chairman of APGA, to leave him alone.
Obi’s media aide, Mr Valentine Obienyem, said in a statement in Awka on Saturday that Umeh had accused his boss of being behind his travails.
“I read the news credited to Mr Stan Okeke, Umeh’s media aide, that Mr Peter Obi was behind the arrest of Chief Victor Umeh.
“Let me state for the avoidance of doubt that Obi has not and is not contemplating writing any petition against anybody. He did not do so as a governor and could not have started doing so now.
“If you have been following political developments in Anambra in the last one month, you would have noticed Umeh’s obsession with Obi for reasons only known to him and his associates/aides,’’ Obienyem said.
“While campaigning in Agulu (Obi’s home town), he referred to Obi as a useless man and said that 1,000 Peter Obis would not stop him.
“At another place, he said that Obi was possessed by the devil and needed to be exorcised,’’ he said.
Obienyem said that when PDP went to court for the party to be part of the election, Umeh said it was Obi that actually went to court in a case that will not affect his candidature.
“He even went on to say other unprintable things about Obi, including how, in his imagination, Obi suborned judicial officers.
“Reviewing Umeh and his political associates’ activities against Obi, one would easily notice the desperation to impugn Obi’s integrity, destroy him politically and pitch the masses against him.
“Even when Obi has chosen the option of ignoring them, they are becoming more desperate and are seeing to contrive one scandal or another against him.
“That Obi is loved among his people and Nigerians is not the reason why some people, after it dawned on them that they could not destroy him, are plotting to pitch him against his people and Nigerians,’’ he said.
Umeh was on March 3 detained by the Department of State Services over a yet-to-be disclosed matter but was released on March 4.