- * Dispels Rumour That Chris Ngige Has Opted Of APC Candidate's Campaign Project
By Celestine Okafor (Editor-in-Chief)
Director, Media and Publicity of Senator Andy Uba Governorship Campaign Organisation (SAUGCO), Hon. Victor Afam Ogene has said the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will lose the Saturday, November 6 governorship election in Anambra state despite its alleged propaganda tactics.
Ogene also debunked the rumour making rounds in opposition camp in the state that Labour and Employment Minister and leader of the APC in the state, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige, has tactically backed out of the Senator Andy Uba Campaign Group.
Hon. Ogene, in a statement on Sunday October 10, 2021, accused APGA of throwing "tantrums" and said the APC has noted what he described as the "increasing recklessness" of the APGA in the party's campaign conduct, stressing that APC will not dignify their actions.
The SAUGCO Media and Publicity Director and an ex-federal lawmaker however argued that rather than squarely confronting the security challenges facing the state, the leadership of APGA instead unleashed paid social media Tarzans against their opposition parties and their election candidates.
Ogene specifically blamed APGA for hiring those he described as social media "miscreants" who are "trying to justify the N300million capital outlay for propaganda" and whose actions have "continued to pollute the political atmosphere with incredulous tales that beggars belief".
He said the social media story titled "Chris Ngige Backs Out of Andy Uba Project," was reportedly "authored by a pseudo-Comrade, Ignatius Oramali. Ogene stated that the APGA social media team "went to the ridiculous degree of stating that the unfounded gibberish is based on an alleged recruitment of IPOB members to murder prominent Anambrarians to snatch (the) state by force".
Ogene continued: "It is laughable that in their haste to throw just about any dart in the direction of Senator Uba and the APC, they forgot that their principal, Gov. Willy Obiano had already absolved every Anambra citizen of culpability in the mayhem ravaging the state.
"Those doing the killings are not from Anambra state and no Anambra person would go to this extent; these people are from outside Anambra state," Governor Obiano said two days ago.
"For the APGA desperados, however, no name, no authority is sacred in the execution of the 'one day, one propaganda' strategy upon which their media campaign is hinged.
"Else, they ought to have known that the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige remains the leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Anambra state, and sits as chair of the party's Board of Trustees for the November 6, 2021 election.
"In addition, the Minister's closest associate, Chief Uzoma Igbonwa is Head of the campaign's Finance Directorate, while his younger brother, Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN heads the legal arm. This is in addition to having his cousin, Barrister Emeka Okafor, Ide Nnobi, as the deputy governorship candidate of the APC.
"We wish to advise the APGA e-rats that next time they decide to pick a target to shore up the dwindling profile of their party, they must look beyond the Hon. Minister who is renowned within Nigeria, and beyond, as one person who has an enormous capacity to say his mind at any time, and on any issue.
"To attempt, therefore, to drag the esteemed name of our leader into issues that do not concern him is taking politicking too far. It is a blend of slapstick and sentimental infantilism for which we feel that this level of APGA's shamelessness is extremely nauseating. Suffice to say, it is a disposition we would not take kindly next time", Ogene said in SAUGCO's statement. NNL.