Benedict Peters, a Nigerian businessman and owner of the Aiteo Group, has denied involvement in the political coalition being led by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. The former Nigerian leader in an explosive open statement he addressed to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari had urged Nigerians to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress and his former party, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. Instead, Obasanjo advocated a third force – a party-less coalition of Nigerians to wrest power from the current government in 2019.
In his rebuttal to claims of being the financier of the project, the billionaire businessman Benedict Peters, said: “I wish to state, categorically and unequivocally, that I am not a financier of the said organisation or any socio-political partisan association or political party in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world”. Peters said he deliberately shied away from politics to focus on his business. “Corporate Social Responsibility contributions has seen the Aiteo Group, which I lead, provide investment support in medicine and medical research dedicated to seeking cures for several ailments which affect the African continent as well as investment in sport and sport as a panacea for the development of Africa’s teeming youth population.” He said despite his 30 years closeness to Obasanjo, the former Nigerian leader had never discussed politics with him.
“In the publishers’ (the claim was circulated on the social media) indecent haste to malign the former president and I, amongst others, they demonstrated a shameful shallowness that paid no heed to the very personal nature of our relationship.
“For the avoidance of any doubt whatsoever, I also confirm, categorically, that the former President has, on no occasion, discussed or mentioned any such plan or intention to me. This situation very pointedly affirms the irrationality and farcicality of the allegations as a whole,” Peter said.
“As unconvincing and implausible as these allegations are, I am constrained to take steps to address these unbridled excesses as a means of protecting my family, my business and I from these unwarranted personal attacks.”