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Against the backdrop of recent reports, the Traditional rulers in Idemili North and South local government areas of Anambra State have denied ever endorsing the candidacy of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar for the 2023 polls.
In a statement made available to The Eastern Updates on Tuesday by the chairman of their forum, Igwe Chuma Agbala, and vice-chairman, Igwe Nick Obi, pointed out that the trending report that they endorsed Atiku during their quarterly meeting was false.
They explained that what happened was that one of their illustrious sons, Chief Obiora Okonkwo, paid them a visit them during the meeting held in Ogidi and informed them of his new position in his party, the PDP and that nothing more happened.
The monarchs expressed surprise that some persons twisted the account of what happened at the meeting for reasons best known to them, saying they were embarrassed by that ugly development.
‘The publication or information circulating in the news media of the purported endorsement of a PDP Presidential candidate is not true. The fact is that the Idemili North and South Traditional Rulers’ Forum held its quarterly meeting at the Idemili North Local Government Headquarters, Ogidi where Chief Obiora Okonkwo came and said that he was appointed as one of the PDP Anambra State coordinators. That was it, and there was nothing like the endorsement of any political party or her flag bearer.
‘We, the traditional Rulers of Idemili North and South, do not indulge in partisan politics and as such would not dump or endorse or move to endorse any political party’s candidate. We are royal fathers and hence are fathers to all.’
The purported endorsement had generated several reactions on social media.