Senator Chris Ngige has denied accepting the sum of N500,000 million from Andy Uba to enhance his chances in the All Progressives Congress [APC] Anambra State governorship election primaries which held less than two weeks ago.
Senator Ngige made the denial in statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Nwachukwu obidiwe on Monday.
Denying the story, he said:
“I am compelled to respond once more to a certain persistent tissue of lies which have been streaming under different headings and datelines on the social media, all, alleging that Sen. Andy Uba advanced the sum of N500,000 million Naira to me to enable him win the recently conducted Anambra State Governorship primary of our party, the All Progressives Congress, APC..
He also denying having any sort of problem with Hon. Tony Nwoye, the party’s flag bearer in the November 18, 2017, election.
He said: “The more devious and vicious angle to this well though-out and orchestrated mischievous character assassination is that I have made confessional statement to the Security Agencies in admission and, additionally alleging that both Sen. Uba and Hon. Tony Nwoye, our party’s flag bearer in the November 18, 2017 election are now after my life.”
Continuing, he said: “I am aware that both Sen. Andy Uba and Hon. Nwoye have respectively denied these Luciferous lies , just as I have done hitherto.
“However, for the avoidance of doubt or shreds of ambiguity I wish to state once again that Sen. Andy Uba did not give me a dime either for myself or for the funding of our Party state chapter .
“This information which has gone virial is false, fertile and febrile fabrications of mischief makers and insidious political detractors who are obviously intimidated by my decades of stainless reputation, and now, the intimidating profile of the Anambra State chapter of the APC, subsequent upon its very successful recent governorship primary.
“Though it is not surprising that opponents who are obviously intimidated by this development will stop at nothing to create even if an imaginary division among our ranks, it is errant to substitute decent politicking for character assassination.”
The Hon. Minister of labour and Employment further decried the insinuation that he was guided by pecuniary considerations in positioning APC for victory in Anambra state.
He averred “without fear of contradiction” that no aspirant ever advanced money to him, or ever attempted whispering such to his ear.
This, according to him, is owing to the fact that by his pedigree, ‘it is preposterous to even imagine he will ever be disposed to such’.
“Before the primary election of August 26, 2017,” he said, “I made it abundantly clear that my role and major interest as the father of the party in the state was to ensure that level playing ground was enabled for the best among the aspirants to emerge and subsequently win the governorship election.”
He, therefore, urged party members and the general public to disregard the story as the handiwork of the enemies of progress and work hard for the success of APC in the forthcoming Anambra State election.
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