Senator Annie Okonkwo, who represented Anambra Central in the sixth Senate of the Federal Republic, has dispelled rumours making the rounds that he is contesting in the November 2017 Anambra governorship election.
In a press statement issued by Mr. Collins Steve Ugwu, his Special Adviser on Public Communications, he said, this clarification has become imperative given the tasteless and unsolicited sudden emergence of his posters on the streets of Anambra State purporting him to be a candidate for that election.
“For the avoidance of doubt and for the purposes of public records, we wish to state pointedly that Sen. Annie Okonkwo as politically vibrant as he is, and as eminently qualified as has been established, to aspire and contest any elective office in this country, does not intend to, and will certainly not be in the ballot for Anambra 2017 governorship election.
“We, therefore, deplore these thoughtless orchestrations as completely out of character, and a miserable script of mischief from persons or quarters whose intents are base and whose expectations stand ruined ab initio.
“In all fairness, Sen. Okonkwo is a bold politician whose courage of conviction does not come in piece meal, and makes no apologies for choices within his remit. But he is strategic and candid enough to discern that the pulse of the Anambra people whose interests he champions relentlessly and will continue to do, does not presently support the scenario being painted by these lazy labourers.
“Of course, as a committed vendor of service, sensitive to the wishes of his supporters and followers, he has been engaging them proactively and purposefully, to build consensus and strengthen alliances, for the inevitable direction they will go as the elections beckons. That will be done properly, colourfully and publicly when the consultations are exhausted and the time due.
“For now, we urge all our teeming supporters and the general public to remain calm and ignore this distraction, because as a politician with fidelity, Sen Okonkwo will not engage them by proxy or dark silhouettes on such vital issue.
“Meanwhile, we urge every Anambra citizen to take advantage of the ongoing INEC continuous registration exercise to obtain and update their voters cards in earnest, as it remain their potent constitutional weapon to shape the destiny of our state, and make it the nest of comfort and development we all deserve, the statement concluded