A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has faulted the report that he has stepped down for the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, a northern aspirant who is also in the race.
The report of Umahi”s stepping down came on a day northern governors backed the zoning of the party’s presidential slot to the South of the country.
It was also o the same day that President Muhammadu Buhari met with all presidential aspirants and urged themto build consensus around a formidable presidential candidate for the party.
The rebuttal was contained in a statement entitled: “DISREGARD THE NEWS THAT GOVERNOR UMAHI HAS STEPPED DOWN FOR SENATE PRESIDENT AHMAD LAWAN” by Umahi’s
Special Assistant on
(Media and Publicity), Francis Nwaze.
Read the statement: “Our attention has been drawn to a news story purportedly broadcast on the stable of one of the revered Television Stations in Nigeria, the Arise Television in which the Station announced that Engineer David Nweze Umahi has stepped down his aspiration for his fellow Presidential Aspirant and Senate President, Ahmed Lawal ahead of the Presidential Primary.
“Without much Ado, I make the following clarifications to guide the teeming supporters of Engineer Umahi, members and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Nigerians at large.
“1. The news item is totally false in context and content. This raises a question mark about the credibility of the source of such fallacy, what never took place which is capable of putting Engineer Umahi’s aspiration in jeopardy.
“2. For the sake of discerning minds, what happened was that Senate President, Ahmed Lawal in a last-ditch effort to ramp up partnership ahead of the APC Presidential Primary, visited Governor Umahi in his Abuja residence on Saturday where they both promised to support whoever amongst the two and other Aspirants that emerge the Flagbearer of the Party in the Primary. The Senate President even took out time to eulogize Engineer Umahi for making the Party proud through his purposeful governance in Ebonyi State.
“3. There was no time during the visit that the issue of stepping down by either Engineer Umahi or the Senate President was discussed or even suggested.
“4. It, therefore, becomes a serious concern how the Arise Television got themselves enmeshed in this kind of professional miscarriage of reality without verifying the authenticity or otherwise of their news source.
“5. The teeming supporters of Engineer Umahi across Nigeria and beyond are encouraged to disregard the ill-fated news item which is by all standards fake, and go about their solidarity on the assurance that His Excellency the Governor is still very much in the race to develop Nigeria, God willing, he will emerge in the Sunday Presidential Primary of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress.”