Governor Soludo (file photo)
I never mocked Peter Obi, says Soludo
By Okey Maduforo, Awka
The Anambra State Governor, Prof Charles Soludo, has denied ever mocking the former state governor and the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, over his political ambition.
Soludo described the allegation that he mocked the LP presidential candidate’s ambition to run for the 2023 general election in Nigeria as false, stressing that it was the handiwork of the fifth columnist, who wanted to maline the image and reputation of public officers.
The governor denied the allegation in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Aburime, yesterday.
He stated: “The statement allegedly credited to Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR is totally false and unfounded.
“Our checks reveal the statement was a total misrepresentation by an overzealous reporter who was not among the journalists present when Governor Soludo spoke extempore during his interaction with some audience after his 100 days in office media broadcast.
“The above statement could best be described as an attempt by some misguided elements to cause disaffection between the Labour Party Presidential candidate, His Excellency, Peter Obi, and his party leadership.
“We therefore wish to caution those wishing to cause mischief by publishing false and misleading stories to desist from doing so.
“The public should please disregard the entire statement as it never emanated from Governor Soludo.”
Recall that a similar report was made indicting Senator Uche Ekwunife of mocking Mr Peter Obi, and was later found to be untrue as those present at the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) stakeholders meeting dismissed the allegation.
Ekwunife had convened a stakeholders meeting where she urged party members to vote for the PDP in the 2023 general election; but three hours after the meeting stories went viral that she mocked Peter Obi.