Ebonyi govt denies statement credited to Umahi on Anambra election

The Ebonyi State Government, on Monday, said Governor David Umahi, did not make any statement on the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, which had been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Recall social media have been awash with posts credited to Governor Umahi, allegedly accusing the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof Charles Soludo, of rigging the election.

But in a statement, signed by Umahi’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Francis Nwaze, the State Government said the Governor had not commented on the election, urging the public to disregard such frivolous posts.

According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to an infantile Facebook post on the timeline of one Chijinkem, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr David Umahi, declared that the last Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Anambra was fret with irregularities.

“The poster equally implied that the Governor rejects the outcome on behalf of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and people of Anambra State and threatened to seek redress.

“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have bothered responding to the ill-fated post by the attention-seeking fellow but we have elected to clear the doubt of some discerning minds.

“First, His Excellency, Governor David Umahi, at no point, made such remarks about the Anambra State Gubernatorial election.

“It is, however, uncomplimentary to imagine His Excellency speaking on behalf of the Standard-bearer of the APC and a Party that has a full-fledged structure, moreover, in an election that its outcome has not been concluded by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“Going by the foregoing, we hereby urge the general public to disregard the post as it has no iota of truth in it.

“We also like to use this medium to remind the poster and other Social Media purveyors of fake news that the State Law on fake news is very much in place to deal with potential recalcitrants.

“The General Public is advised to ignore the post as it did not emanate from His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State.”


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