The Labour Party’s presidential campaign council has reacted to news that Peter Obi, the party’s flag bearer, had his UK company shut down by authorities.
According to certain recent media sources, the UK government has revoked the license of Next International (UK) Limited, a company that is largely owned by Obi, for failing to file its annual accounts.
The corporation was allegedly struck off and liquidated in 2021 because it failed to submit its annual reports for the year 2020.
In a statement released on Thursday in response, Diran Onifade, Head of Media, Obi-Datti Media Office, urged critics to check their facts rather than fabricate them.
Vanguard reports that the statement said Obi’s political enemies were rattled by his rising popularity and resorted to using unfounded reports about Next International (UK) Limited against him.
It noted that “In order that the huge human and material resources deployed to search and locate any negative against the high flying Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is not seen to have been wasted, anything could be concocted to justify the efforts.”
“We have watched with bemused skepticism as agents of the political opposition unsettled by the high-rising profile of the Labour Party flag bearer, ran around and made fools of themselves over the Next International (UK) Limited being removed from the record in 2021.”
“Ordinarily, this is the type of mischief and impishness that should deserve no response, but for the credulous in our midst who are the real target of this impairment.”
“For the record, the entity was 99% owned by Next Nigeria International Ltd., and established as its buying office in the 90s and Peter Obi was its CEO.
“At the time Peter Obi became governor of Anambra State in 2006, his wife assumed management of the winding down of the company and about one year ago requested that the company be dissolved under the voluntary strike off of the entity on grounds of dissolution and being inoperational, which is normal in winding up an entity.”
“Peter Obi has consistently maintained that he is no longer involved in any Next-related business.”
“When our Principal insists that you go and verify facts about him and the information he dishes out, it didn’t say go and falsify facts.”
“The LP candidate, by his antecedents in Anambra state for eight years, in private ventures where he held sway, his records among the pack in this race for the Presidency puts him miles ahead in moral rating.”