By Emma Una
CALABAR- ODEY Ochicha, the gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Cross River State in the 2015 general elections has described the rumours making the rounds in the state that he received money from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to concede defeat to the party as malicious and unfounded.
Ochicha told Vanguard in Calabar on Tuesday that he conceded defeat to the PDP candidate, Senator Ben Ayade in the spirit of sportsmanship which has been misinterpreted by some people that he took money from the PDP during the election.
“My attention has been drawn to some malicious and demeaning falsehood being peddled by some people that I, Mr. Odey Ochicha received money as compensation from Ayade and his party to concede defeat in the 2015 general election.
“Let it be stated for the records that I never had any sort of transaction with Ayade before, during or after congratulating him; I did what i did in my own wisdom and my exposure to understand politics as an interesting game and in the spirit of sportsmanship therefore, I want to inform the general public to disregard such wicked rumours”.
He added that those who still harbour doubt of his integrity should trace his antecedents to his days at the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, NITEL, and Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, where he retired as a Deputy manager prior to the election.
He said those spreading the rumour should show facts that he got money from Ayade and petition the EFCC to trace his records before and after the election to prosecute him if he is found guilty.
While stressing that the rumour is aimed at fermenting trouble, causing confusion and misleading members of his party and the public, he urged his party members to be wary of false information from political foes and detractors.
“Let it be on record that although the decision to congratulate Ayade was my sole decision, when the party decided to challenge the election result in the Tribunal, I
contributed financially for the party to pursue the case so this rumour is nothing but a figment of the fertile imagination of the criminal elements spreading it.
“I want to urge members of our great party to be wary of political foes who are out to ferment trouble, cause confusion, distraction and division in the party”.