Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has denied rumours that he has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.
The governor clarified that his support is for the presidential candidate of his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Gen. John Gbor, and not for Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), or for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
A recent report had claimed that Governor Obiano had in a video at an event to mark the birthday of former Akwa Ibom State governor, Victor Attah, endorsed Buhari.
But in a statement on Sunday by Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, the governor explained that the video in circulation where he was said to have allegedly endorsed Buhari was a video of an event which took place in 2014.
He described stories alleging his support for either the PDP or the APC presidential candidates as “wishful thinking.”
“As the 2019 general election approaches, it is interesting how various politicians and political parties have been swooping on Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State in the belief that his role will be critical in deciding who wins the presidential vote.
“For instance, operatives of two of the leading political parties in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, have taken to the media to create the impression that the governor had endorsed their candidates in the forthcoming election.
“Some have even gone as far as reproducing a video of an event which took place in 2014 in a bid to give the impression that the event had just occurred.
“Governor Obiano is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressive Grand Alliance. He is also the APGA National Leader. These positions place heavy responsibilities on his shoulders. Therefore, any talk about him endorsing the presidential candidate of another party, let alone joining another party, is wishful thinking,” the statement read in part.
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