ENUGU—The Enugu State government has described as false and mischievous, media reports claiming that the government was involved in the recent elections of the Enugu-USA, an organisation formed by Enugu State indigenes in the United States.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, said the report was the handiwork of opponents of the government who having failed in previous attempts, have continued to search for avenues to embarrass the government.
He explained that contrary to the claims in the report, the government had merely sent a delegation to represent it at the annual convention of the organisation in line with a policy and tradition it had maintained from inception, of identifying with the Enugu-USA and similar diaspora groups involving Enugu people across the globe.
Ugwoke stated that the delegation participated in the opening ceremonies of the convention including the customary interactive session where the members fielded questions on the policies, activities and plans of the state government after which they left the venue.
He stressed that no government official attended nor participated in the election and none was even anywhere near the venue of the exercise adding that this fact clearly showed that the claim that the government backed a candidate in the election, was a “wicked, unfounded and apparently sponsored fabrication.”
He further stated that the government had no reason whatsoever to be interested in the election of officers of the Enugu-USA as it had always worked with and supported successive leaders of the organisation in the effort to ensure the rapid development of the State and the improvement of the lot of her people.
While urging the public to discountenance the report in its entirety, the Commissioner assured that the government will not allow itself to be distracted by such antics but would rather remain focused on its drive to improve the state.