The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked claims that Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, and South East governors elected on its platform are working towards the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.
The party made the clarification in a statement issued by Chijioke Ekwegh, its Publicity Secretary of the South East, in a statement issued on Friday in reaction to comments made by the Buhari Media Organisation.
The media organisation had claimed that Senator Ekweremadu and PDP governors; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikepazu, Dave Umahi of Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi states, as well as governors Willie Obiano and Rochas Okorocha of Anambra and Imo states, have expressed support for the president’s re-election campaign.
The pro-Buhari organisation said this in a statement after the Senate President and the governors visited President Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
But the PDP denied that there was such level of cooperation between its elected officials and the president, describing the claim by the BMO was “from the pit of hell.”
“The attention of the South-East zone of the PDP has been drawn to amateurish propaganda by the Buhari Media Organisation, a pro-All Progressives Congress group, wherein it claimed that Ike Ekweremadu and South-East PDP governors of PDP were working for APC’s victory in the 2019 presidential election.
“The fact that it came from the BMO clearly shows that it is a lie from the pit of hell meant to divide and disorganise the PDP ahead of the general elections,” the statement read.
The opposition party claimed that the BMO was playing “mind games” and also inciting the people of the South East against its leaders in Ekwremadu and the governors.
According to the statement: “This misadventure by the BMO has, however, helped to expose the source of the lingering attempt to run down our party leaders in the zone, incite the people against them, and create bad blood among Ndigbo. Although we are in an election season, such extreme propaganda and mind games can’t be tolerated.”
The statement noted that “the PDP remains one big family” and that any attempt to divide it would be strictly rebuffed.
The party urged all Igbos and Nigerians, in general, to vote out the APC administration and support good governance by endorsing its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and all of its other candidates in the upcoming general elections.