Obiano denies funding IPOB, MASSOB
Tony Okafor, AwkaThe Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano on Tuesday denied the allegation of sponsorship of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on media and strategic communications, Mr Oliver Okpala, Obiano described the story as “untrue and complete falsehood”.
An online publication had recently accused Obiano of making a gift of two SUV cars and cash of $50,000 to the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The publication had alleged that the jeeps and cash were delivered to Kanu shortly after his(Kanu’s) release.
But the governor’s aide had insisted that the allegation was the handiwork of the opposition.
He said “Most worrisome and satanic is the allegation that the Governor gave cash donations and SUV vehicles to the organisations and its leaders.
Okpala said such unfounded allegations were ungodly and capable of creating unnecessary tension in the polity.
He maintained that the Governor as a consummate financial expert had been managing the State’s scarce resources with prudence, adding that government expenditures had been judiciously done.
Okpala wondered what people gained in peddling rumours and lies instead of engaging in meaningful ventures.
He appealed to politicians in the country to enthrone political civility, decorum, good conduct and truthfulness in their political campaigns and activities.
He added that “Overheating the polity when INEC electoral timetable for Anambra state says campaigns would commence in August is a clear indication that some politicians in the opposition are not prepared to play by the rules”.
He said such disposition could have a catastrophic effect on the conduct of the November 18 election.
Okpala added “Our decision as law abiding citizens to play politics according to the rules and to eschew bitterness, falsehood and indecent approach to political issues should not be taken for weakness as nobody has monopoly to the articulation of dangerous propaganda as an instrument of political warfare.
“Certainly if these pleas are not heeded, we shall not have any alternative than to return fire for fire as a word is enough for the wise”