The Imo State Government has denied reports in a social media platform credited to the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, accusing chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the death of the party’s governorship candidate in Kogi, Prince Abubakar Audu.
The governor also expressed his condolences to the family and people of Kogi State over the death of the former governor, Prince Audu, Saturday.
A statement signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, and made available, Monday, described the report as ‘totally false, even on the face value,’ adding that ‘it cannot pass any logic to be believed as it was written in bad faith.’
“The attention of the Imo state Governor, and by the grace of God, the chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha has been drawn to a social media (Facebook) report with the caption “Tinubu, others, kill Kogi Guber candidate – Okorocha,” and was written by one Olutoyosi Omotoso.
“In the basically untrue report, the author claimed that the Imo Governor had accused the former governor of Lagos state and one of the key pillars of the APC in the country, Senator Bola Tinubu and others he didn’t mention, of being responsible for the death of the APC governorship candidate in Kogi state, Prince Abubakar Audu. The report came up Sunday (November 22, 2016) evening and of course, few hours after the news of the death of the Kogi Prince was still being doubted by most Nigerians.
“In the report, the author however failed or refused to mention or tell his audience whether Governor Okorocha had made that claim at a press conference or in a press release, but unfortunately and unintelligently said that the Imo Governor ‘spoke on phone’ to say that. And the follow-up question would immediately be; on what ground would the Imo governor call the author on phone to begin to tell her who killed Prince Audu and who didn’t kill him.
“The truth of the matter is that, the report was totally false, even on the face value. It cannot pass any logic to be believed. It was written in bad faith,” said the statement.
According to the Okorocha’s aide, the governor ‘does not drag his sentences or speak disjointed grammar. The mischief is very obvious, for all men and women of goodwill to see in the story.’
“We challenge the writer of the story to also publish the particulars of the call in question. The number with which the governor called her and the time. And also state why the governor could have chosen to call her, of all people. Let him state his relationship with the governor to warrant such phone interaction between them. We are only keen in unmasking the face of an ungodly blackmailer.
“The truth is that those who are cowed by Governor Okorocha’s God-given clout and attributes are the ones who have chosen to be petty. And they have our sympathy, because Okorocha, in his politics is being driven by God.
“Governor OKorocha is not quarrelling with Senator Tinubu. The envisaged rift between the duo only exists in the imaginations of those who have chosen the path of dishonor, because only dishonourable people could have authored such an inglorious write-up. Decent people do not do such.
“Finally, those who feel that they can drag Governor Okorocha down through cheap blackmail should better be advised to find something meaningful to do, because whoever God has blessed, nobody can curse. This is scriptural. And that is our joy and consolation,” the statement read.
Governor Okorocha has also commiserated with the people and family of the late Prince Audu, describing the demise of the former governor as ‘a lesson to all of us to appreciate our limitations as human beings. We are all pencils in the hand of the creator.’
“The death of the Prince should also be a lesson to all of us to appreciate our limitations as human beings. We are all pencils in the hand of the creator.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Imo state, I extend my heartfelt condolences, to the President and National leader of our great party, His Excellency Mohammadu Buhari, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, the people of Kogi state, and those left behind to mourn the departed gentleman,” the message read.