BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA – GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State and his successor, Chris Ngige, are currently locked in a war of words over an allegation that President Goodluck Jonathan directed that former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof Dora Akunyili, candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, who is contesting the same seat with Ngige, should be voted for in the April election
Ngige, who is Anambra Central senatorial district candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, was credited with the statement while addressing some traditional rulers in the state in the course of his campaign during which he informed the royal fathers that Governor Obi was going around with the story, adding that the President never said so.
Reacting to the allegation, Governor Obi advised Ngige to face his campaign based on issues and not throwing darts here and there.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, Obi said there was no truth in the allegation.
Obienyem said: “Following the so many lies and misrepresentation of facts by Dr. Chris Ngige, especially his oft-repeated claim that Governor Obi told traditional rulers that the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, wants them to vote for Prof. Dora Akunyili, it has become compelling for us to set the records straight.
“Though the initial reaction was to ignore Dr. Chris Ngige and not to join issues with him, but repeated so often, some people have come to believe him as his falsehood has begun to sink into their subconscious.”