By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”THE campaign organisation of the son of the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Emeka Etiaba has denied the involvement of the governorship aspirant in the reported assault of Governor Peter Obi by people suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) during the burial ceremony of the former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Christian Onoh at Ngwo in Enugu State last weekend.
It was gathered that following invitation by Onohâ€™s son -in law, Dim Chukwuemeka OjukwuÂ to Governor Obi to come to his side at the ceremony, some members of MASSOBÂ prevented him for allegedly refusing to identify with them.
They allegedly accusedÂ him of not being a Biafran and it took the intervention of Dim Ojukwu to bring the situation under control.
They were said to be particularly unhappy with Obi , for allegedly stopping their monthly payment to maintain peace in the state, which they claimed was paid to them by previous governments.
It was also alleged that some MASSOB members entered the venue of the event with Etiaba, who they said, exchanged pleasantries with Chief Raph Uwazulike, the MASSOB leader, who wore the same uniform with him.
But in a statement in Awka yesterday, the Director of Operations of Etiaba Campaign Organisation, Mr Chris Chikwendu , said the governorship aspirant was not involved in the assault.
â€œThe next level campaign organisation absolutely abhors and condemns any act of assault or disrespect to the person of the Governor of Anambra State, or any person for that matter by any person or group of persons. We believe in civilized form of settling issues in the society, â€œ he said.
According to him, the uniform won by Etiaba was the same with that of Emeka Ojukwu Jnr, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, Chief Victor Umeh, among others who accompanied Dim Ojukwu to the ceremony.
He said that independent findings by the organisation showed that MASSOB was habouring bitter grudges against Governor Obi over the loss of some of their members during the disturbances in the state in 2006.