- Emeka Ihedioha, a former governor of Imo state has called on the general public to shun fake news
- This is on the heels of media reports making the rounds that he granted an interview calling Labour Party's candidate, Peter Obi a 'Crafty' man
- Ihedioha following the incident issued a statement debunking the report accusing his political rivals as the mastermind behind the fake news
The former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha has debunked media reports stating that he berated and talked down on Labour Party's presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.
Recently, media reports were making the rounds on Monday, August 8 that the former deputy speaker referred to Obi as a 'crafty' man urging the Igbos to wait until 2031 for the presidency.
Ihedioha's media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu in a statement made available to Legit.ng stated that the reports that his principal berated LP standard bearer Peter Obi were false and should be branded as fake news.
Onyeukwu stated that the news report was an attempt by Ihedioha's political opponents to discredit his political prowess and capacity ahead of the forthcoming general elections in February 2023.
PAY ATTENTION: Join Legit.ng Telegram channel! Never miss important updates!
The statement reads:
“This is one of the many orchestrated efforts by political opponents of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON and their collaborators who are afraid of squaring up against him in the coming elections.
“It is noteworthy that His Excellency did not grant any interview in Abuja or elsewhere as claimed.
“His Excellency is known to acquit himself in the most civil, decent, and respectful manner and therefore could not have employed such uncouth words."
Shun fake news, Ihedioha tells general public
Ihedioha's spokesperson further urged the general public to shun any form of information that does not come through the camp of the former governor.
“We are aware that the purveyors of these unfounded reports are unrelenting in their desperation to impugn His Excellency’s integrity and reputation.
“The public, therefore, is alerted and indeed advised to kindly ignore and disregard the fake news.”
Is Peter Obi a member of 'Pyrates Confraternity'? Truth emerges
In another development, the Labour Party's standard bearer, Peter Obi has denied claims that he is a member of the Pyrates Confraternity.
The confraternity is also known as the National Association of Seadogs which was founded in 1952.
A post had gone viral online where the group hailed the candidacy of Peter Obi and refer to him as one of their own.
2023: Trouble for Peter Obi, as Okowa reveals PDP's plan to take over southeast
Meanwhile, the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed the plot to take over the southeastern part of Nigeria in the forthcoming general election.
This was made known by the vice presidential candidate of the party, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state.
According to Okowa, the party will not just win in the southeast but will have an impressive margin over Labour Party and the likes.