h2> Peter Obi Responds to Claim that He Snubbed Oba of Lagos
Peter Obi, the former Governor of Anambra State, has responded to allegations that he snubbed the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.
The allegations of snubbing the monarch made by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi surfaced at the weekend. Mr. Abdullahi said that Obi was arrogant and had snubbed the traditional ruler while seeking support for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 elections.
Peter Obi's Statement
Responding to the allegations, in a statement signed by his media aide, Valentine Obienyem, Obi stated that he never snubbed the Oba. According to Obienyem, the former Governor of Anambra State sent a formal letter of request on Tuesday, November 26th 2019 in order to access the royal palace and ask for the support of the royal figure.
Different Accounts of the Story
Different accounts of the story have emerged. According to Obienyem, Obi never received any response to the request he sent on November 26th and the request was still pending when the snubbing accusations occurred.
Reactions To The News
The news of the snubbing allegation and Obi’s response has drawn mixed reactions from the public. Some people have commended him for speaking up and setting the record straight. Others have expressed their dissatisfaction and disapproval of the situation.
In conclusion, Peter Obi has denied snubbing the Oba of Lagos and maintained that he had sent in a request for audience before the allegations were made.
It has been reported that the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Peter Obi, denied allegations that he and his entourage snubbed the Oba of Lagos. This allegations were made when Governor Obi and his entourage paid a courtesy visit to the palace yesterday.
The Governor's Media assistant, Valentine Obienyem, released a statement clarifying the issue. In the statement, Obienyem said that the Governor and his team had wanted to pay a courtesy visit to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, but were informed that groups wishing to pay the Oba a visit must first apply and meet certain criteria. Governor Obi and his team subsequently complied to this and applied for the visit through the appropriate channels.
In the statement, Obienyem said: “His Excellency and his team had gone to the palace for a courtesy visit and were not informed before then that it was necessary to apply for such event. On being made aware about the requirement, His Excellency and his entourage formally applied and the palace is yet to provide feedback on the issue.”
The Oba of Lagos has not released any statement on the matter. However, Governor Obi and his team are cautiously optimistic that the visit would be granted.
In conclusion, the allegation that Governor Obi and his entourage snubbed the Oba of Lagos is untrue. His Excellency and his team willingly complied with the necessary protocol and applied to visit the Oba in the hope that their request will be granted. We await the feedback of the palace and hope for a positive outcome.