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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State has raised alarm over plans by ‘political jobbers’ to launch a smear campaign to disparage Governor Charles Soludo.
Chief Uchenna Chukwuka who is the National Coordinator, APGA Renaissance made this known to newsmen yesterday in Awka, said it uncovered a plot to implicate Governor Charles Soludo of receiving the sum of $28 million as a bribe from Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo state, to run down the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, before the 2023 elections.
According to the party, an investigative journalist, TK Ekundayo, has been approached to write false and unfounded stories to implicate Governor Soludo and paint him in a bad light, following his recent article on the presidential ambition of Peter Obi.
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‘It has come to the notice of this body that some faceless and sponsored elements masquerading as investigative Journalist claiming false insider information from the All Progressives Congress, APC, are out to implicate our able governor Prof Charles Soludo with some baseless and false allegations of receiving the sum of $28 million to run down the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi.
“Also the faceless self-acclaimed investigative Journalist further alleged that both Uzodimma and Soludo have already extorted the sum of N10 billion as the first trench of the payment, while the sum of N10 billion would be paid after he had concluded the second assignment
‘In light of the above, it has become instructive that we make the following resolutions for the purposes of clarity and brevity:
‘That the said investigative Journalist does not exist and is hiding under the guise of a fake name to justify the payment by their sponsors who do not see anything good in Gov Charles Soludo.
“That the author of this spurious report and allegations is only being clever by half by linking the APC governor in the South East with his satanic report in order to give their story acceptability before the reading public.
‘That the person of international status, and an eminent person in the mould of Gov Charles Soludo is more occupied in giving good and populist governance to the people of Anambra state than reducing the office of a governor to that of a pedestrian blackmailer
‘The manner and recent practice of and stock in trade of the so-called supporters of the Labour Party in adopting the Nazist style of ‘Hitler Mob’ is more of their cutting off their noses to spite their faces and ultimately burning their fingers and de-marketing their candidates.
‘Nigerians are too enlightened and highly educated to fall for this cheap blackmail and flagrant display of ‘tout status’ which the general public cannot buy
‘We in the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA have our own Presidential candidate as well as National Assembly and State Assembly Candidates who are more popular and more credible, hence cannot be cowed into playing anti-party politics by supporting candidates of the Labour Party or any other party for that matter
‘The era of Nazist style of Hitler’s Mob has gone and Nigerians are too enlightened and educated in buying into such a gambit’, he said.
The Governor has come under fire in recent times over his comments on his predecessors.