The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and the governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, met on Thursday, at Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The two men met at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church during the thanksgiving mass for Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor in celebration of his 70th birthday and were seen embracing each and exchanging pleasantries.
When Soludo entered the church, he hastily went to where Obi was sitting and hugged him, while people watched with amazement.
Soludo, after describing the rift between him and Obi as mischievous, insisted that the former Anambra governor remained his brother, irrespective of their political differences.
The governor in an article titled, ‘History beckons and I will not be silent,’ dismissed the chances of the Labour Party candidate in the 2023 presidential poll.
The article developed reactions across the country and mainly from Peter Obi supporters, who heavily criticized the governor.
However, Soludo stated during the thanksgiving mass, that he would soon be meeting Obi to iron out their differences, adding that their rift was essentially political.
He also dismissed the rumor of the $28m he allegedly collected to run down the LP presidential candidate, saying he would have been a trillionaire if he was into such.
He said, “When I came in, I hastily went to where he sat and hugged him; people watched with perplexity as if it was a drama, asking if it was not the same people quarreling?
“Let me tell you, we spoke two times just last night. We are brothers. You know I am not one of those politicians that speak from two sides of the mouth. I can’t pretend.
“There is 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.
“So for those forging blackmail and all that, including the one they said I collected bribe to say what I said, I ask them to bring it so I use it to construct roads. If Soludo is into bribery, I would have been a multi-trillionaire.”
While thanking God for the life of Ezeokafor, the governor noted that the cleric had been of great influence on him and his government.
Obi did not speak during the thanksgiving service as he left before the end of the program.