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EFCC: Obiano Did Not Steal Anambra Money – Senator Umeh

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Former national chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Victor Umeh has stated that former Anambra Governor Willie Obiano will defend himself.

He stated this while reacting to the arrest of Obiano by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) hours after he handed over to Governor Chukwuma Soludo.

Speaking on Saturday at the 80th birthday celebration of foremost Nigerian philosopher and president general of Alaigbo Development Foundation, Prof. Uzodimma Nwala in Enugu, Umeh said it has become the tradition of the anti-graft agency to go after ex-governors.

According to the former lawmaker, Obiano used Anambra money to build infrastructure visible to everyone, which has angered the opposition.

He said: “It is not new in Nigeria. Most governors, when they leave office, EFCC will swarm on them. He must be given the right to be heard. We don’t know why they arrested him. But I’m sure when they listen to him, he will be able to defend himself.

“One thing I keep telling people is that former governor, Obiano did wonderfully well with Anambra money. He used our money well to the displeasure of those in the opposition. They don’t want to accept it.

“A governor who built an international airport, got it commissioned and working. Planes are coming in there and going and you are still looking for your money. He also built an international conference centre. All these projects he didn’t build them with sand. Apart from meeting the other obligations of running the government, meeting the needs of the people, paying workers salaries, he did so much for Anambra State. That is why we have to be calm to allow the EFCC to finish their job. But I’m confident that Obiano will defend himself”.

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