I've Never Claimed to Be a Poor Man, I Am Comfortable, Says Peter Obi
- Labour Party presidential candidate has given a hint about his net worth as a successful businessman before joining politics
- Obi, a former governor of Anambra state stated unequivocally that he is a millionaire anywhere in the world
- The economist turned politician said he owns shares in several corporations and collects his dividends when they are paid
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FCT, Abuja - Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate has declared that he has never claimed to be a poor man.
Obi made the comment while being interviewed by the Daily Trust newspaper on Wednesday, November 2.
Senator Kashim Shettima, All Progressives Congress (APC) vice presidential candidate had accused Obi of glamorizing poverty.
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Responding, Obi said:
“I own shares in companies here in Nigeria. I don't have to flaunt it around. Those companies pay me dividends, which is my own money. So, if somebody comes tomorrow and say 'you own this', it doesn't matter, but I don't need to show them or wear them around.
“So, those things are very clear. I passed through corporations. Go and check my records. I have never claimed to be a poor man. I have not said it anywhere, I have never said it. I am a comfortable man anywhere on the surface of the globe.
“If you have $1million anywhere in the world, you're a millionaire. I have that, so I am millionaire anywhere in the world.”
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On his part, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has described Obi as the best candidate for Nigeria.
Vanguard newspaper reports that Ortom made the assertion when Obi paid him a visit in Makurdi, the Benue state capital after visiting flood victims in the state.
Mechanic refuses to collect money from car owner after seeing Obi's sticker on the vehicle
Meanwhile, in Edo state, a mechanic refused to collect money from a car owner after fixing her car because she is a supporter of Obi.
The lady had approached the mechanic when the car developed a fault, but he declined payment after working on it because he saw the poster of Obi.
The excited lady took to social media to do a video of the mechanic while he was still working in the car.
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On his part, the minister of state for health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora has discarded the chances of Obi winning the 2023 presidential election.
According to Mamora, Obi’s candidacy is synonymous with independent candidacy in America which has never produced a president.
Mamora also brushed aside the growing popularity Obi enjoys from labour unions and youths, saying that the same people who are supporting him are also standing behind other candidates.