Obi dismisses allegation of ethnic bias in Onitsha Bridge Head clean-up

•Denies comments on first class travel, foreign medical trips

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has dismissed the allegation of ethnic bias in the Onitsha Bridge Head clean-up currently trending in internet chat rooms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

  It would be recalled that the clean-up exercise, which hitherto received much commendation, was undertaken during Obi’s days as Governor of Anambra State but has suddenly become twisted by APC cyber attack dogs.

   “Since Mr. Peter Obi emerged as the running mate of PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the panic in APC circles has been palpable and, unable to get anything tangible to hold on to, the attack dogs have been desperately clutching at straws in their doomed search for non-existent evidence with which to nail Mr. Obi. 

  “The latest of such revisionism is the failed attempt to twist the facts regarding the Onitsha Bridge Head clean-up. Those peddling the falsehood that it was targeted at traders from other parts of the country have conveniently chosen to forget that many of the affected traders were from Anambra State and some other parts of Igbo land,” Obi’s Special Adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, stated on Thursday.

  He insisted that Obi carried along every stakeholder, including briefing and inviting the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, in connection with the project, which has left Onitsha cleaner and safer.

  “We vehemently reject any suggestion that Mr. Obi is an ethnic or religious bigot. He is a detribalisied and liberal Nigerian with friends all over the country and whose charity works are spread across the country,” Obienyem said.

  He equally denied rumours that Obi has promised that a PDP Federal Government next year would abolish first class travels and foreign medical treatment by public officials.

  “At no time did Mr. Obi make any of these statements being ascribed to him. Nigerians should ignore these rumours and wait patiently for the manifesto of the Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and PDP,” Obienyem said, while reiterating that Obi is yet to join any social media platform from which they churn out the lies.

  He urged the public to disregard the desperate attempts by detractors to hang non-existing sins on Obi’s neck, assuring that the PDP vice presidential candidate would not be distracted by the antics of the opposition.

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