Peter Obi, a former Anambra state governor, has denied doing anything wrong in his response to the Pandora Papers report that alleged he violated the law by engaging in clandestine deals in tax havens.
Premium Times and The Pandora Papers had listed Obi as one of the personalities who secretly started and operated businesses abroad, including in notorious tax havens and secrets that violated Nigerian law.
The Pandora Papers is supported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which has obtained 11.9 million confidential files with more than 600 journalists from 150 news organizations around the world participate in the ongoing reports.
However, on Thursday, Obi said that he had not been accused of corruption anywhere in the article, adding that the publication does not indicate that he was involved in an illegal business at any time.
Obi said, “On the allegation that I violated the Nigerian Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, as well as Sections of the 5th Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), by not declaring any alleged assets in companies registered outside the Nigerian Federation, I think that the authors displayed ignorance on matters of Trust and International Investment Practices.
“I did not in any respect whatsoever violate any law before, during, and after my stewardship as the governor of Anambra.
“In all matters relating to my investments and declaration of my personal assets, wherever they may be found, I proceeded, pursuant to professional opinions and advice of investment experts both locally and internationally.”