Mr. Valentine Obienyem, Media Adviser to the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has said denied reports that Mr. Obi was denied visa by an embassy in Nigeria.
Obienyem, on Saturday, while reacting to news circulating on social media, said that the irony of the fake news was that Obi was presently in the USA on the invitation of highly-placed officials who were supposed to have denied him the visa.
“Obi is a good brand such that organisations and countries are satisfied to associate with him because he has proven to be a highly responsible person/politician. Those peddling the rumour are the same people that are exasperated by the honour coming his way and are desperately trying to associate his name with one crime or untoward action not purely out of hate, but out of the desire to prove that he is after all human and can sin a little. Regrettably for them, Obi will not be caught in the web of their wickedness and intrigues because he is simply living his life without pretences,” Obienyem noted.
Obienyem, who wondered why anybody should think in terms of Obi being denied visa, asked if it could probably be because of his superlative performance in Anambra State, which saw him leaving N75 billion in the treasury for his successor, building a teaching hospital from the scratch, paying over N37 billion in arrears of pension and gratuities since 1999, returning of schools to the Church and offering them massive support, attraction of industries to the state, setting aside huge sums of money for the completion of some of the projects he started such as the hotels in Agulu and Onitsha, the Permanent Site of NYSC camp at Umuawulu/Mbaukwu, the dual carriage road from Amawbia junction to Amansea, and the shopping malls at Nnewi and Awka, among others.
Obienyem advised those peddling such news to save themselves from what he called “psychic encumbrances”, by desisting from chasing shadows and facing edifying acts wherever they are.