The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia, Professor Greg Ibe, has stressed that he didn’t step down for Mr. Mascot Uzor Kalu.
This is coming after a viral social media post claimed that Greg Ibe has decided to collapse his structures in support of Mr. Kalu, the brother of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
In his reaction to the speculation a day to the March 18 governorship election, Greg Ibe stressed that Mr. Kalu is no match to him in Abia state and that there was no shred of truth in the vicious charge that was deliberately published to cause strife.
In a statement issued by Dr. Longman Nwachukwu, Director General of his Campaign Council, the APGA candidate begged his supporters and the public to disregard the slanderous assertion.
Since he and Hon. Obinna Ichita were both actively seeking the office of governor, according to Professor Ibe, he couldn’t have withdrawn on someone else’s behalf.
His statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a fallacious and malicious online publication by Famous Reporters mischievously purporting a fairy tale withdrawal from the governorship race by Prof Gregory Ibe of Abia APGA for Mascot Uzor Kalu of APP.
“We, therefore write to make the following clarifications:That the said publication is completely false, totally mendacious, and the hallucinatory imagery of the publisher of the infamous Famous Reporters, who in search for cheap publicity decided to concoct a baseless fallacy against the person of Prof Ibe.
“That there is no reason for Prof Ibe to withdraw from a race in which every available poll analysis places him above other contenders.
“That the write-up is a big joke and a clear insult on the person of Prof Ibe, who has so far manifested seriousness by triumphing over many adversaries in 19 out of 22 court cases at Magistrate, High, Appeal and Supreme Court levels, in pursuit of this same governorship project.
“That we consider as highly provocative insinuations contained in the said article since without sounding immodest, Mr. Mascot Kalu, the candidate of APP, in every ramification is too junior to the person of Prof Ibe and should subsequently be seen according to due respect and honor to his elder.
“That the article is nothing but a failed attempt at applying the propaganda strategy of deploying a strong brand like Prof Ibe to accord visibility to a weaker brand which Mascot Kalu represents through the act of name-dropping.
“That Famous Reporters is advised to immediately bring down the fake publication and subsequently publish and circulate widely an apology or be prepared to meet us in court for libel as our lawyers have been properly briefed.
“That the public should disregard the publication as a fabricated lie from the pit of hell and the hatchet job of a desperate pen pusher for little pecuniary benefits and should rather sustain their vociferous, aggressive, and massive support for Prof Ibe whose chiefest pursuit remains the liberation of Abia state from many years of under development, which Mascot Kalu and his family participated in and greatly benefitted from.”