The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Peter Obi has said he did not demolish any mosque as Governor of Anambra State.
There have been rumours that Obi demolished some mosques during his time as leader of the South East State.
He is also said to have snubbed the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, as well as chase some traders of Hausa origin away from the State.
However, speaking on Thursday during a Southern Sun Summit in Lagos, Obi said the reported mosque was demolished before he came to office.
“As a matter of fact, the mosque at Onitsha was destroyed before I became governor,” he said.
“The irony of this concoction is that I have been a friend of His Eminence, the Sultan right from my first year at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1980 through his tenure as Nigeria’s Defence Attaché in Pakistan till the present.
“The fact is that the visit of his Eminence, during which I was alleged to have snubbed him was purely a courtesy call after which I personally accompanied him to see the Obi of Onitsha, Obi Alfred Achebe with whom he had a meeting.
“I also requested His Eminence to visit the Hausa community in the state during which I offered to rebuild and subsequently gave them the funds for that purpose.”