CAN: I’ll step down if alleged N2bn gift is traced to me – Obi

Peter Obi
Labour Party, presidential candidate, Peter Obi

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has denied ever giving the Christian Association of Nigeria money.


Obi said this during an interview on Channels TV on Monday night, while fielding questions as regards rumors that suggested that he had given the clergy group some money.


He denied, stating that if anyone should give money to the other, it should be CAN giving him money to run his campaigns and not the other way round.


He said, “Seun, you know me very well, I don’t even have N2 billion talk less of giving anybody N2 billion. What am I giving them 2 billion for? If they are ‘clergies’ they should be praying for the country, they don’t need money to pray.


“Everybody knows me and church and everything. Seun, I believe that the ‘clergies’ also have a problem, their followers are suffering, so, they want good governance, why would I give them money?


“They should give me money to be able to support in terms of being able to run around for any campaigns and everything, because my going around for campaigns, I have to pay for transport, I have to pay for this, so, if anything, it’s the ‘clergies’ I expect to give me money not the other way round.


“Seun, I have never knowingly gone to any clergy, I can comfortably tell you that I’ve never given any clergy… I’ve never given one naira to CAN, not one naira and if anybody can trace one naira given by Peter Obi to CAN, I’ll stop running, I can’t.


“Seun, I have an allergy for money being wrongly spent. I can’t give people money who are supposed to be praying, for what?! They should be the ones to do that because their job is very simple.”