APC Reacts As Deputy Guber Candidate Allegedly Steps Down For Umahi’s Brother
Reports emerging from Ebonyi State on Wednesday claim that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy Governorship candidate, Patricia Obila, for the March 18th, 2023 has stepped down for Austin Umahi, the younger brother to Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi.
According to the unconfirmed reports, Patricia Obila ‘s resignation as Deputy Governorship candidate was allegedly due to her health challenge.
The alleged stepping down by Patricia, who would have become the first female Deputy Governor of the State, in case the APC wins the 2023 Governorship election, has been widely criticiszed by different political and non-political actors, especially groups fighting for the inclusion of more women in politics.
A source told Vanguard that “I heard about. It’s no longer news. In Ebonyi State, there’s nothing impossible under Umahi. There’s nothing he cannot do.”
But reacting to the report, Charles Chukwuma Ofoke, the Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi State, described the report as false.
He made this known in a statement titled “A REFUTE OF A WORTHLESS PROPAGANDA OF ALLEGED RESIGNATION OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) IN THE SATURDAY, 18TH MARCH, 2023 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN EBONYI STATE.”
The ruling APC condemned the rumour, and described it as untrue, fallacious and fabricated.
The statement read in part: “That, it is a clear handiwork of mischievous enemies of the Party and Ebonyi State Government ably led by His Excellency, Engr. David Nweze Umahi.
“That, contrary to their claim that the Deputy Governorship Candidate resigned due to health issues, we want to state emphatically that, Princess Obila is fit, hale and hearty, and is ready for the job ahead.
“That, in our Party, APC, we have no such arrangement of changing any of our Candidates in the Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections, come Saturday, 18th March, 2023.
“That, it should be known that, after losing grounds in the ongoing elections, some insignificant sets of individuals have been working tirelessly to tarnish the glaring images of our Party and Candidates, as means to register their misfortunes. Last week, it was the rumours about our Gubernatorial Candidate’s ill-health, which he rightly refuted, and they have come up with this one this week. However, all their propaganda are dead on arrival, as they are too cheap and hold no waters.
“That, the general public is therefore advised to completely ignore this futile and baseless rumour, as it is a fruitless propaganda of those seeking cheap recognition and popularity.”