ByÂ Tony Edike
AWKAâ€”AS Anambra State governorship election draws near, indications have emerged that some political parties contesting in the poll, may have concluded plans to release unsubstantiated allegations to smear the reputation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,candidate Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
This disclosure is contained in a statement by Soludoâ€™s Media Assistant, Mr. Bonaventure Melah.
He alleged that huge sums of money had been budgeted and even deployed for the job, but expressed confidence that all such strategies would not prevent the PDPâ€™sÂ victory at the poll.
â€œWe have uncovered plots by some of the candidates in the election to use the media against Professor Soludo. On Sunday for example, while Prof. Soludo and his wife Nonye were in the church seeking Godâ€™s face and favour over the election, a particular candidate was in Abuja making desperate arrangements for dirty media attack on Soludo and he is not alone.
â€œWe have evidence of similar arrangements to use some sections of the media against the PDP candidate and from our findings, they had planned to begin the publication of those lies this election week, hoping that there would be no time for Soludo to reply to them before Saturdayâ€™s election,â€ the statement said.â€
Melah further saidÂ Soludo had been the subject of envy by some of the governorship candidates because of his intimidating profile.
â€œAgain, they have found out that Soludo is leading them on all fronts. He is from the PDP that controls over 80 percent of political infrastructures in the state. Soludoâ€™s running mate Senator Emma Anosike is a grassroots politician and both of them have the endorsement and support of the most respected citizens of Anambra State,â€ he added.