Benedict Peters, founder and vice-chairman of Aiteo Group, one among Nigeria’s main vitality firms, has denied being the financier of a nascent political motion being nurtured by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The motion is understood within the Nigerian media because the “Third Force”, the id of which emerged within the controversial assertion issued by the previous president, urging incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari to not run for re-election in 2019.
Obasanjo dismissed the 2 main events, the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, as unhealthy for Nigeria and as a substitute rooted for a National Coalition motion, which on the motion is dominated by technocrats.
Seasoned politicians know political motion, particularly one that wishes to canvass for presidency in over 750,000 polling stations in Nigeria, will want hundreds and a great deal of cash, a minimal of N30billion, in keeping with an estimate, therefore speculations about Billionaire Peters offering the money.
However, Peters, whose networth is put at over $2.5billion, has vehemently denied being the sponsor.
“While I’ve acquired calls and messages advising me to disregard the tweet and regard its publication because the handiwork of detractors, the fragile nature of the tweet – having considered my travails in current instances, fuelled largely by the antagonistic results of incomprehensible media falsehood – require that I instantly, authorise the discharge of a rebuttal, given the malicious, damaging impact the unprofessional tweet is able to creating.
“For the report, I want to state, categorically and unequivocally, that I’m not a financier of the stated organisation or any socio-political partisan affiliation or political occasion in Nigeria or anyplace else on this planet.
“As an International businessman of reputation, I’ve intentionally stayed away from politics preferring, as a substitute, to focus and provides my all to the event of my enterprise pursuits throughout the African continent.
“Corporate Social Responsibility contributions has seen the Aiteo Group, which I lead, present funding assist in Medicine and Medical Research devoted to looking for cures for a number of illnesses which have an effect on the African continent in addition to funding in Sport as a panacea for the event of Africa’s teeming youth inhabitants.
“The latter has been notably evident within the Sport of soccer the place we now have main relationships with the Nigerian Football Federation and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
“This is even as we continue to regularly provide financial support and investments to encourage building the “Nigerian Dream” via multi-dimensional and multifaceted socio financial interventions.
“Neither I, my speedy household or firms during which I’ve pursuits would embark on the sponsorship of a motion which is unknown to us. This could be crass, irresponsible and inconsistent with the business prudence businessman of my accomplishment would contemplate. To, due to this fact, identify me as a financier of such a enterprise will not be solely vile and callous, it’s insensitive and thoughtless. It is a tragic reminder of the size that some individuals, manipulating the malleable, wicked and downright dishonest parts of the media, can go (for causes greatest identified to them) of their despicable and contemptible makes an attempt to proceed to pitch me in opposition to the federal government of the day in Nigeria!
“Apart from looking for to impugn my integrity because the publication has completed, the authors seem to premise the absurdity of their fabrication on my very properly publicised relationship with former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.
“I verify that I do know the previous President very properly. He is sort of a father to me. He was a pal of my father, the late Chief F.B Peters and has a relationship with my household that dates again over 30 years. In the publishers’ indecent haste to malign the previous president and I, amongst others, they demonstrated a shameful shallowness that paid no heed to the very private nature of our relationship.
“For the avoidance of any doubt in any way, I additionally verify, categorically, that the previous President has, on no event, mentioned or talked about any such plan or intention to me. This state of affairs very pointedly affirms the irrationality and farcicality of the allegations as an entire.
“As unconvincing and implausible as these allegations are, I’m constrained to take steps to deal with these unbridled excesses as a way of defending my household, my enterprise and I from these unwarranted private assaults. Accordingly, I’ve instructed my attorneys to right away take steps to acquire a retraction, within the absence of which they’re to take all steps accessible to offer me with safety, treatment and aid.
“I ask most of the people and well-meaning Nigerians at dwelling and overseas, to ignore the tweet and its contents. It is nothing however FAKE NEWS.
“Finally, my message to the COWARDS who have, again, sought to use cheap, fabricated publicity and dirty media propaganda to cause me embarrassment, is that no assemblage of hatchet jobs/men or media manipulation can shake my unwavering stand and belief in the fortunes of the Nigerian economy and the success of the “Nigerian Project”.
“Aiteo as a business endeavor has come to stay and will grow bigger in the years to come”.