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Mr. Splendour Oko Eze who is the factional governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in Ebonyi State and who also hails from Afikpo North Local Government Area has denied all the allegations that he collected some bribes from the state government.
Oko-Eze who had spoken to journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State to clear himself had also reacted to the allegations which had been making the rounds in the state that he collected N20 million naira from the state government and APC gubernatorial candidate, Francis Nwifuru.
Some of the loyalists to Mr. Oko-Eze’s rival, Edward Nkwagu had accused him of picking the LP ticket in error and collecting money from the Ebonyi State government with plans to allegedly frustrate the party from winning election in the forthcoming general election in the state.
The loyalists claimed, “He picked the Labour Party’s governorship ticket earlier before the owners of the party decided to cede the ticket to Edward Nkwagu who’s from Ebonyi North zone, believed to be the appropriate place the ticket of the party should go to, to garner votes and formidable structure ahead of the 2023 elections.
“Splendour by all standards is said to not have the capacity to win the election even at his own polling boot. However, in line with the new electoral act, he’s at liberty to cede the ticket to someone else or retain it. But his clinging to the ticket so tightly is not without a purpose of self-aggrandisement.
“There’s intelligence that exposed him as reaching a deal with the APC gubernatorial candidate in the state. The intelligence confirms that he bargained with the forces at the sum of N20 million” Nkwagu’s loyalist stated.
In a swift reaction, Mr. Splendour Oko Eze berated Edward Nkwagu and accused him of trying to use intimidation and cheap blackmail to forcefully collect the Labour Party, LP, ticket from him, ahead of the forthcoming general election.
He said: “This is propaganda and the handiwork of Edward Nkwagu because I refused to withdraw for him.
“It’s not true. Edward Nkwagu is doing everything to tarnish my image because I refused to bow to his intimidation” he stated.