*Obi denies the allegation, says Ngige is a bad loser Defeated APC candidate at the recently Anambra Governorship election, Senator Chris Ngige has alleged that his defeat was masterminded by the Presidency after it released N8bn to Governor Peter Obi which they claimed was ecological fund.
He claimed that Obi ploughed the said N8bn into the prosecution of the election which led to Chief Willie Obiano of APGA emerging as the state’s governor elect.
The APC candidate said that aside the N8billion sent to the state by the Presidency, Governor Obi also invested another N4billion from the coffers of the state.
He spoke in Owerri yesterday during the meeting of the chieftains of APC from the South-East geo-political zone. Ngige also alleged that the federal government placed security agencies at the beck and call of Governor Obi.
“Even the army and the Police were biased against the APC. They were arresting every vehicle with the APC logo. Some of our members were arrested in Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states just to stop them from coming to Anambra,” Ngige said.
Responding, Governor Obi described Senator Ngige as a bad loser, and advised him to congratulate the governor-elect, rather than make unsubstantiated allegations against him and the government of Anambra State.
Obi who spoke through his chief press secretary, Mike Udah, said it was unthinkable for the federal government to direct a governor to use funds meant for ecological redemption to prosecute an election, adding that no reasonable person would take Ngige and his remarks seriously.
“The allegation does not make sense to any reasonable person and no reasonable person will take that remarks and the author seriously.
“Ngige has an exaggerated opinion of his political stature, but that is not enough reason for him to make wild and unsubstantiated allegations,” he said.
Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, former national chairman of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) who also spoke at the meeting, congratulated APC members for their support during the Anambra election.
“The federal government was afraid of APC, and so they ensured that the party came out third to stop us from going to the tribunal, but we have disappointed them and we will continue until the election is cancelled,” Onu stated.