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Soludo And Peter Obi Embraced In Awka Despite Controversies



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Governor Chukwuma Soludo and former Governor Peter Obi met yesterday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Awka for the first time since his controversial essay, which focused on Mr. Peter Obi’s presidential aspirations as the candidate for the Labour Party, LP.

Fidel Info reports that it was the celebration Mass for Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, the 70-year-old Catholic Bishop of the Awka Diocese, who turned 70.

Governor Soludo approached the LP presidential candidate from his position in the pew before the start of the church service to extend a greeting.

Soludo welcomed Obi to Awka and then gave each other a hearty hug before he went back to his position in front of the assembly.

Speaking during the thanksgiving Mass, Soludo  insisted that there is no quarrel between him and the former governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi.

The governor said: “Let me tell you, we, (himself and Obi), spoke two times just last night. We are brothers. You know I’m not one of those politicians that speak from two sides of the mouth. I can’t pretend. I’m a politician, but also want to make heaven. I’ll keep saying the truth.”

“There’s no rift between Obi and me at a personal level. Nobody snatched each other’s wife. What appears to be the rift between us is fundamental political differences. Nothing else.”

“On the fundamental differences we have, we  are going to meet in the next few weeks. We’ve agreed to discuss and iron out our differences. Unfortunately, he’s left. We must get it done. Anambra is for all of us.”

Appreciating God for sparing the celebrant’s life to attain 70, Soludo said Ezeokafor has been of great influence on him and his government, especially in the area of prudence and patronage of locally made products.

He said: “You changed my thinking when you visited my village house in 2019 and rejected the foreign wine offered to you in the place of palm wine. Today in Governor’s lodge, the highest wine served there is palm wine.

“I was also humbled by the moderate type of  car you drove to my house. You told me you chose not to go with  a vehicle far above the average of those you’re pastoring. I think this is exemplary.

“When you see me drive Innoson cars, that’s part of the inspiration I got from you. If not for security, I would have been riding bicycles to work.

“We’re taking the prudence you taught us to the next level because when we came in, it cost us over N137m to clean offices. Now, it cost barely N11million. I can only promise to take the message to the world.” 

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