Former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has denied claims of endorsing Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi ahead of the 2023 elections.
He stated that he remains a loyal member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and would never involve himself in any form of anti-party activities.
In a statement released and signed on Wednesday, the APC stalwart described attempts to associate him with LP as mischievous, wicked and unfortunate.”
He explained that Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, who reportedly endorsed the Labour Party and its candidate is different from the name and person of Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
The statement reads: “Early this morning, many national newspapers carried the story of the endorsement of the Labour Party Presidential candidate by one Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, who was reported to have contested for the APC Presidential Primaries in 2019. My attention was drawn to an article in circulation relating to that same story but captioned with my name, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, instead of the name of the person who had issued and signed the statement. My surname is Onu and not Ogbonnia. My other name is Ogbonnaya and not Ogbonnia. The initials SKC are not mine. I never contested for the Presidential Primaries of the APC in 2019. Dr SKC Ogbonnia is a completely different person from Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
“In my long political carrier, I have never changed my political party. I have also never been involved in any anti-party activity. It is also important to remember that I served meritoriously as the National Chairman of defunct ANPP that for a long time, was the largest opposition political party in the country.
“I therefore request that the general public should make the distinction between Dr. SKC Ogbonnia and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. The attempt to copy the statement made by Dr. SKC Ogbonnia and put my name as the caption is mischievous, wicked and unfortunate. We need a high level of civility in the conduct of politics in our dear nation.”