Stanley Osifo, a Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Thursday, stated that he was not a sponsored spy sent to scatter the opposition party.
The statement was made while pleading with the party’s leadership to allow him contest in the Saturday’s National convention which will be held in Port Harcourt, River State.
Osifo, while addressing a press conference in Lagos State, said that he is the youngest among the aspirants and its a huge advantage for the party to win in the 2019 Presidential election.
Osifo, who hails from Edo State, said that the party was known to obey rule of law, and his candidature was a true test of the Not Too Young to Run Act.
He had claimed that some people called on him to step down, but he had a vision to drive the development of the country which older politicians could not achieve.
The aspirant debunked insinuations that he was being sponsored against the party, describing the allegation as false.
“Three days ago, I had a conversation with one of our party leaders who mentioned to me that there are insinuations that I am being sponsored to come to the party to spy or do one thing or the other.
“I have told those who gave me that information that it is not correct; and I want the world and Nigerians to know that the information about being sponsored is not true, not correct; it is baseless, it is unfounded.
“Whoever is propagating such falsehood does not have anything to back it up,” he said.
The Presidential aspirant said that the PDP is a reputable party with mechanisms, structures and capacity to lead, and appealed to its leadership to verify the truth and not listen to side talk.
He said that although the presidency was zoned to the North, aspirants had not always adhered to the zoning rule since 2003 in the party.
The aspirant said that he decided to join the race because of his passion for the nation, but was willing to support whoever emerges winner of the presidential primary, should he lose.
“I have made my intentions known to the party that I am not withdrawing from the race,” he said.
Osifo called for fair play and equity for all the aspirants in Saturday’s convention.
He said that Nigeria was being run as the poorest economy in spite of enormous resources in the nation.
“When I come on board, I will turn things around for good in Nigeria,” he said.