David Idris Zacharias has denied assassination allegation by the son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu
Zacharias is the member representing Idah/Ibaji/Igalamela/Ofu federal constituency of Kogi state at the national assembly
According to him, Prince Mustapha Enemona Audu was working in cahoots with some individuals to do a hatchet job
Member representing Idah/Ibaji/Igalamela/Ofu federal constituency of Kogi state, Hon. David Idris Zacharias has denied claims by the son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu that he threatened him with assassination.
Describing the claim as mischief taken too far, which was published in some news outlets, the lawmaker noted that the late Audu's son, Prince Mustapha Enemona Audu was working in cahoots with some individuals to do a hatchet job in order to distract him from the ongoing APC primary election processes.
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Reacting in a statement on Wednesday which he signed and made available to journalists, the lawmaker noted that Mr Audu was aware of his rising political profile since his assumption of office at the lower legislative Chamber in 2019.
Zacharias said the field of politics is open, stressing that everyone are at liberty to test his popularity, adding that smear campaign and propaganda which his rival has choosed should be the alternative to getting to the top but capacity to effectively compete with others.
The statement said: "One of the greatest weapons of losers in every contest is their damage tactics with which they use to distract their competitors. Worst still, is the fact that people who lack capacity to effectively compete with their counterparts especially in political contests where they use blackmail, fake news, disinformation, propaganda and other tools to press home their ponts.
"Unfortunately, this does not work with every person, especially those that had the singular opportunity to be politically tutored, natured, cooked, beaked and mentored by one of Nigeria’s greatest and experienced political tactician of blessed memory, Prince Abubakar Audu, under whose tutelage Hon. David Zacharias acquired practical political and leadership orientation for several years of political apprenticeship.
The lawmaker stressed that he would have ordinarily ignored the publication, but for unsuspecting public who didn't know how Mustapha Audu has taken to ungodly way of pursuing his political career, it became pertinent for him to outrightly denied all that he has claimed.
"Prince Mustapha Audu, deliberately aimed at smearing the hard earned reputation of Hon. David Zacharias and to distract him from the last minute permutations ahead of his primary elections.
"But to even think that Mustapha Audu, considering the level of dignified training his father must have offered him will go so petty simply because he wants to occupy a political position tells how far people can throw away morality for political gains.
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"The response that is being provided here is to guide men and women of goodwill, supporters and party members of good conciseness to be wary of the deflection tactics deployed by Prince Mustapha Audu and his associates who are already grappling with the realities of the failure that awaits them at the primaries.
"Before setting the records straight, let it be on record that, all the contents of the letter being circulated with the accompanying news item is a pure and applied lie from the pit of hell."
To set the records straight however:
Hon. David Zacharias received a phone call from Prince Mustapha Audu on 14th May 2022 when the party was holding screening for a set of its aspirants at Fraser Suites Hotel, Abuja requesting to see him. Knowing full well that he, Mustapha is his constituent who has had such courtesy visits previously, obliged him to meet him at the venue where he was to see the governor.
At that meeting, Mustapha Audu told Hon. David Zacharias the relationship that existed between the national chairman of the APC, His Excellency, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu and his late father, Prince Abubakar Audu. He noted that his father and the APC chairman were good friends and that now that Adamu Abdullahi has emerged chairman of the party, Adamu told him he wants to reward Prince Abubakar Audu by making sure Mustaph Audu, late Audu's son occupies a political position in Kogi State.
He went further to allege that the APC national chairman had already hinted the Kogi State governor His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the APC National Chairman that both are already on the same page about his ambition and that he seeks to contest the Idah federal constituency position which the APC national Chairman already ceded to him.
According to Mustapha Audu in that meeting with David Zacharias, he came to speak to Zacharias to pacify him to allow him, Mustapha contest the position since he was already sure of clinching the position. He went further to boast that, to pave way for him, the APC national chairman who is an uncle to his wife, ensured that his wife emerge as zonal women leader of APC to pave way for his emergence.
In his characteristic nature and for those who know David Zacharias, will attest to his gentleness, meekness, welcoming, lovely and calm manner of addressing issues. Having appreciated him for the courtesy accorded him, Zacharias in his exact words said: “Since it is a contest, stepping down for you would not be necessary. Let us go to the pools, if you win, I will give you my support and if I win, then you support me”.
The duo cracked jokes and both of them parted ways that day and nothing was said after this. Not even mentions of the national chairman from Zacharias, talk more of alleging to kill the national chairman. This is coming from a man who wants to assume a leadership position by causing disaffection, disunity, crises and unnecessary tension.
Even by the poorly scripted, uncoordinated manner of presentation of lies and the incoherent nature the story appeared in public space, it is already crystal clear that Prince Mustapha Audu needs to save himself of the shame and embarrassment caused by publication which rather than attracting sympathy, has made him an unserious comedian before Kogites and those he seeks to get sympathy from.
On the allegation for assassination attempt on him, one begins to wonder the person that drafted the poorly acted script. It is important therefore to review some of the lies told in the letter sent to the police and subject the same to public scrutiny and testimony.
In the letter, Mustapha alleged that Hon. Idris Zacharias threatened his life, the life of his wife and his fellow colleague that was in the meeting. He went further to allege that Zacharias said he was going to use fetish means of attack or derail his project and has so far been bragging that he has begun his attack.
These allegations are very childish and have no bearing to Hon. David Zacharias by any means. David Zcaharias is a good Christian who is not just a church goer, but has a personal relationship with God. It is wise to say that Mustapha should be ready to provide concrete audio-visual proofs to the allegation of threat to life and other forms of lies being told to attack unnecessary and undesirable sympathy.
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