The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate Peter Obi has admitted that he indeed owns houses in London, but that they were bought and declared before he became governor of Anambra State.
Obi also clarified that he never told Nigerians he had only one house.
A statement by Obi’s media aide Valentine Obienyem on Thursday noted that, contrary to reports, his principal said Onitsha is the only place he has a house in Nigeria.
The statement followed reports that the former Anambra state governor had lied that he does not have any other house apart from the one in Onitsha, the state’s commercial center.
However, the statement said that “During several media programmes, Mr. Peter Obi said Onitsha was the only place he owned a personal house in Nigeria.
“In an attempt to discredit him, some people are posting his London houses as the much-awaited evidence that he lied.
“First, let it be noted that the issue of having a personal house only in Onitsha is a matter of choice.
“If his lifestyle supports love for houses, Obi can afford to have houses in the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“As for his London houses, it might interest the public to note that he bought his first house in London in 1987.
“All the houses he owned in London were purchased before he became governor of Anambra State and were all duly declared.”