Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has clarified that the former governor of Rivers state, Peter Odili was not his my classmate.
Gatekeepers News reports that Obi made the controversial statement at a project commissioning event organised by Nyesom Wike in Rivers State.
Obi had said, “Peter Odili was my senior at (CKC); we played football together. If Odili is not able to play, just know we have lost that day.
“Everyone knows my school and my schoolmates. Not some people that no one knows their schoolmates or the schools they attended.”
Afterwards, critics took to their social media platforms to condemn him, stating that Odili was born in 1948 and graduated from high school in 1967, while Obi was admitted into CKC in 1973 and graduated in 1978.
However, Obi in response to this, said he was “wrongly interpreted by some people.”
The LP Presidential candidate said, “The former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili and I, are among other prominent Nigerians that schooled in Christ the King College (CKC) Onitsha, and we remain alumni of the school.
“I did not say that former Governor Odili was my classmate, rather I said that he was a great footballer in my school, and we all cherished and had good memories of his football exploits when we got into the school.
“I was in CKC from 1973 to 1978 and Dr Peter Odili had graduated before I got into the school. He was such a fabulous footballer whose image still loomed large even in our time, especially considering the fact that my Primary School was very close to CKC.
“The Primary School that I attended, Santa Maria School/Holy Trinity School, were both owned by the same Catholic Church that owned Christ the King College (CKC), Onitsha. In fact, both Primary Schools were feeder schools to CKC, and a large number of pupils who passed through the schools ended up in CKC for secondary education.”