An old letter by Peter Obi has gone viral, indicating why he rejected lands allocated to him during his tenure as Anambra State Governor fifteen years ago.
The 2023 presidential aspirant was offered two plots of land at Hill View Estate, Nkwelle-Ezenaka, by the Anambra State Housing Development Corporation in 2007. This was done under the leadership of the Corporation’s managing director at the time – Mike Nwafor.
In the letter dated May 8, 2007, and addressed to Nwafor, Peter Obi rejected the offer; stating his desire to distance himself from such privileges, and explaining that it will be counterproductive to serve the people, and wrongfully benefit from the allocation.
It was titled ‘Allocation of Two Plots of Land: Plot 29/L255 And Plot 29/L254’, and reads thus:
‘I write to acknowledge receipt of your letters of 07/5/07 and 13/02/07 with the reference numbers of EDA 19/Vol. IV and EDA 40/Vol/1, conveying the allocation of two plots of land – Plot 29/L255 and Plot 29/L254 – at the Hill View Estate, Nkwelle-Ezenaka to me.
‘However, as I have made abundantly clear, my being the governor is by the Grace of God and I believe firmly that it is wrong to benefit from that.
‘I became the governor because I wish to serve my people, and to do that devotedly, I believe I have to distance myself from undue privileges of the office.
‘Consequently, as I thank you for your thoughtfulness, I wish to decline the allocation based on the reasons already adduced.’
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