By Adekunle Adekoya
LAGOSâ€”THE stormy-petrel of Anambra State politics, Chief Chris Uba, has alleged that he is being roped into the Pa Simeon Soludo’s kidnap saga on account of an offer of $10 million allegedly made by the former CBN governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, which he rejected.
He added that the money was offered him by Prof. Soludo, whom he said is his friend, to facilitate his emergence as PDP’s governorship candidate for the February 10, 2010 governorship election in the state.
Uba said these in a chat with selected newsmen at the weekend in his Abuja home.
According to him: ”After losing the bid for a second tenure as CBN governor, he started approaching people to buy them off.
”In my case, he offered me $10 million which I rejected. He offered me the money to endorse him and ensure he becomes the governor in 2010. I rejected the money in my house here in Abuja and felt insulted.”
On the ex-CBN governorâ€™s father, who was kidnapped last week, Uba stated that he is being accused of masterminding the kidnap because he is opposed to the manner of Soludoâ€™s emergence as PDP’s governorship candidate.
â€œI told him (Soludo) that Anambra State has gone through many political problems; that people are no longer comfortable with imposition, but Soludo believes that once few people meet and give him the mandate, it is over.
”I told him such thing is no longer possible and not in the interest of our state. If this is why he is accusing me of kidnapping his father, then it is unfortunate.â€
Reminded of his alleged role in the kidnapping of former governor Chris Ngige,Â Uba retorted: â€œI never kidnapped Ngige. I never left Enugu for Awka. Ngige himself said it was the police that told him to vacate. Now, some people politicised it, by bringing my name into it.