*Says handiwork of ‘obidients’ politicians
*Reinstates Unalloyed Support for Tinubu/Shettima
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Publicity Secretary, Ogbuatu Chidi Simbad has reacted to the news going round that the All Progressive Congress has dumped the Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Bola Tinubu and pledged their support to the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Dr. Peter Obi.
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Simbad Ogbuatu made available to THE VOICE, Simbad described the news as misleading, accused labour party politicians as being the brain behind the report.
The statement reads “the attention of the State Working Committee of our great party, the APC in Ebonyi State has been drawn to a tissue of lies and useless propaganda, making the rounds in an equally useless media website; famous news nigeria, insinuating that Ebonyi APC has declined support for the party’s presidential candidate, Tinubu and adopts Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party for president.
“As useless and misleading as the faceless reportage appears, the “Obidient” politicians who are behind it have; in their desperation forgotten that Governor Umahi who is leader of the APC in Ebonyi State had ab-initio made it categorically obvious that Ebonyi State is APC and the state will vote only APC and no other political party in the State.
“Besides, Governor Umahi is among the APC Governors in Nigeria that crisscrossed all the Local Government Areas in the State, campaigning for Tinubu and other APC candidates in the State, including himself, recording massive turnouts that could only be aptly described as mammoth, which still makes the opposition jittery.
“Again, Ebonyi APC remains one of the APC States to carryout ward by ward campaigns, selling all their candidates, including the presidential candidate of the APC to Ebonyians at the grassroots.
“Nonetheless, the adoption of a candidate for election is not a function of speculations. It is a function of pronouncements. We therefore challenge the desperate “Obidient” politicians who sponsored this puerile piece of a nitwit propaganda to show the world where such pronouncement was made by Governor Umahi or any APC stalwart in Ebonyi State.
“It is therefore glaring that less than 48hours to the presidential and National Assembly elections, the “Obidient” followers of Peter Obi are already envisaging defeat, which is very much imminent. Hence, they have resorted to cheap propaganda and antagonism against Governor Umahi and Ebonyi APC as ways of making the Governor and the Ebonyi APC part of their defeat in the first round of election.
“This is very ridiculous. Let it be known to them that Ebonyi APC and Governor Umahi are not fools. We are real party men and women who must support and vote for candidates of our party from the top to the last man. We are not like other unserious lots who have presidential candidates standing election in their party, but choose to support Obi because of social media frenzy. Ebonyi APC is too mature for such nonsense. We are pragmatic politicians.
“More so, let it be known to the “Obidients” that Nigeria has outgrown ethnic, tribal, regional and religious politics which Obi’s Labour Party represents. Those eras have been permanently consigned to a footnote of 20th century Nigeria political history as exemplified by the first and second republics and therefore anachronistic in Nigeria contemporary politics. Tinubu and other APC candidates remain the contestants to beat in Saturday’s election. Thomases should go and write it somewhere.
“Be that as it may, the Labour Party fanatics still have the opportunity of coming over and pitch tent with the winning APC and be part of the victory that is on the way instead of ridiculing themselves with a propaganda that is symptomatic of political simpletons and dead on arrival.
Ebonyi APC is strongly and unequivocally committed to the Tinubu/Shettima presidential project and there is no going back. Our resolve is total and our optimism is unshakable.” He stated