Peter Obi Lied About Siemens-Nigeria Deal, Says Buhari’s aide, Tolu Ogunlesi
- Presidential aide to Buhari, Tolu Ogunlesi has called Peter Obi's assertion that Nigeria's deal with Siemens has stalled, a cheap lie
- Ogunlesi said what the presidential candidate of the Labour Party said was an untruth and stated that major milestones have been recorded in the deal
- Obi had said in a viral video that he was informed that Nigeria has been having meetings with the German conglomerate for about three years without progress
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President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Tolu Ogunlesi has called Peter Obi’s assertion that Nigeria has been meeting with Siemens without progress and that the deal has been stalled.
Ogunlesi called the statement of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party a lie saying that Nigeria’s meeting with the German multinational company is very much alive and that some milestones have been recorded.
What Obi said versus what Ogunlesi said
The president’s Special Assistant on Digital and New Media stated in a Twitter post that a lot of activities have going on in regard to the deal and not meeting upon meeting as stated by Obi.
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Ogunlesi referred to a viral video of the presidential hopeful in which he stated the outcome of his trip to Egypt, calling it a cheap lie.
According to the video, Obi said he was told that the company has been having meetings with the Nigerian officials for the past three years.
Obi stated that every time the Siemens team comes, it is meeting upon meeting and they return home without results, Nairametrics reports.
Obi said that he was well-received in Egypt, and that it did not take the North African country long to consummate the deal with the German giant in Germany.
“They told me that in Egypt, it took them one month from the beginning of the talk to the conclusion of the talk and the highest person in the land’s position is, ‘tell me what you need.’ I don’t want to go via any company. I want to deal directly with you Siemens in Germany,” Obi said.
Ogunlesi stated that the deal with Siemens is well underway with major progress recorded.
What the Siemens deal is
The Nigerian government and Siemens signed a contract for the pre-engineering phase of the presidential power initiative.
The FG, Siemens AG signed a contract for the pre-engineering phase of the presidential power initiative.
The contract’s pre-engineering phase includes Engineering design, finalizing project specifications, Commissioning works for transmission and distribution systems and others.
The Presidential Power Initiative which used to be known as the Nigeria Electrification Roadmap (NER) will come in 3 phases: Target of 7,000MW operational grid capacity, 11,000MW, 25, and 000MW.
Nigerians, however, bashed Ogunlesi, asking him if he had verified Peter Obi's claim himself.
One Twitter user asked:
"What have you fact checked? Have you finished fact checking the disaster you helped to bring in since 2015?"
Another asked the aide if had he had fact-checked his own candidate before putting a lie to Obi's statement.
"Have u sat down to actually think of d APC brand and the candidate you are propagating?.Pls wake up from that your sleep and receive Reset."
One Twitter user said Obi is perpetual liar.
"Sometimes I begin to wonder if someone from Agulu cursed Peter Obi to be lying perpetually. He cannot feel comfortable without dropping one unprovoked lie per day."
Electricity generation, education in Egypt: What Peter Obi saw
Legit.ng reported the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has since returned from his trip in Egypt where he said he went to understudy the country’s education, electricity, planning and financial services.
Obi had on June 14, 2022, said he was departing for the North African country to see how economies in Africa compare with Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.
Obi, who has been advocating for fiscal prudence in Nigeria said the Egyptian economy is on track to overtake Nigeria after pushing aside South Africa from the second position.