Ebonyi state government, Monday, debunked a statement credited to the governor, Engr. David Umahi on the November 6, Anambra election.
A social media user identified as Sen. Chijinkem Ugwuanyi, on his Facebook timeline claimed that Umahi had a press conference where he alleged there was nothing like gubernatorial election in Anambra state.
He said that the governor said there were lots of electoral malpractices during the election by the #APGA candidate and the sitting Governor Willie Obiano and we will not accept the outcome of the Anambra result.
But in his reply, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Francis Nwaze, said that Gov. Umahi, at no time made comments on Anambra election, talk more of rejecting the outcome.
He wondered how governor Umahi will speak on behalf of the Standard-bearer of the APC and a Party that has a full-fledged structure.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to an infantile Facebook post on the timeline of one Chijinkem, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engineer 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 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.