Valentine Obienyem, media adviser to the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has dismissed report that his principal had interaction with Reno Omokri in London where the former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan demanded $1000 to support his presidential bid.
Obienyem in a statement which was made available to Newsband dismissed the report, adding that the purported viral statement did not emanate from Peter Obi.
He however said that the said fake statement was drafted by political jobbers in order to create more ground to strengthen their unprovoked attack against the former governor of Anambra State.
He said, “A purported rebuke of one Reno Omokri by Mr. Peter Obi during their meeting in London is being circulated. The statement claimed that the said Reno demanded money to support Obi and that Obi refused.
“Beyond predicting correctly what would have been Obi’s attitude towards such a demand, let us, however, for the avoidance of doubt state clearly that Obi did not meet the said Reno in London as the write up claimed. The statement being circulated did not come from Obi neither did he sanction it.
“The Peter Obi Media Office suspects the statement as the usual prank being played by the same people desirous of citing it as a justification for strengthening their unprovoked attack on Obi – desperate efforts to present Obi as an attacker and hide under the assumption of defense and launch further attack on Obi.
“While insisting that he is appalled at the bitterness with which some people treat political opponents, to the extent of trying to instigate hatred against them as evidenced by those that planted his head on playing mats and pictures in a brandy, he expressed his gratitude to the ObIdient family for keeping faith. He urged the continued sharing of the dream of a society in which there shall be no corruption, no recklessness, no poverty, no hypocrisy and no injustice with the ObIdient family and, indeed, all Nigerians of goodwill.
“Let us also note, in passing, the deliberate misinterpretation of the statement made by Mr. Peter Obi about six Commissioners that worked with him. From the context of what he said, he clearly referred to Commissioners for Police and not his EXCO members.
“Finally, Mr. Obi assures Nigerians of his abiding good wishes for our dear country, Nigeria.”