The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretary of the main opposition party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu has described Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as a prominent party leader who has contributed immensely to the sustenance of the party.
Anyanwu made the disclosure in a statement signed by his media aide, Ikenna Onuoha to disbunk allegations allegedly credited to him against Wike.
He maintained that he never granted any interview in Owerri distancing himself from Governor Wike, saying the report was “completely false, malicious and an extreme act of wicked mischief by desperate power seekers who seek to pitch Sen. Anyanwu against Governor Wike and cause disaffection in the PDP for their selfish gain”.
He said “For the avoidance of doubt, Sen. Anyanwu did not grant any form of media interview, chat or interaction whatsoever at the Cathedral of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri before, during or after the celebration of the 80th Birthday Anniversary of a foremost nationalist, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu. As such he could not have made any statement on Governor Wike as purported by the said report”.
The PDP Scribe stated that “as the National Secretary, he cannot, has not and will never distance himself from any leader in the Party let alone Governor Wike, who remains a prominent leader of our party who has made an immense sacrifice for the sustenance of the Party.
“For emphasis, Sen. Anyanwu is a highly cultured leader and had never made any undesirable comment on anybody let alone Governor Wike, a highly respected leader and critical stakeholder in the PDP”, he said.
Anyanwu called on the public, leaders, and members of the PDP, as well as the media to disregard the said report because it was completely false and a “product of the twisted imagination of a wicked soul and their sponsors”.
According to him, investigation has revealed that the controversial and reprehensible report originated from an appointee of what he described as “the ill-fated seven month’s administration in Imo state”.
He said “It is therefore shocking that the writer of the fabricated report went to the extent of concocting fictitious quotations and ascribed same to Sen. Anyanwu just to give his libelous story a semblance of fact”.
Further, Anyanwu alleged mercenaries had been recruited and paid to tarnish his image saying “We are also aware of how huge sums of money has been released to hack writers to tarnish Sen. Anyanwu’s image and bring him to disrepute in the eyes of the public and among his political associates”.
Anyanwu who is believed to be eyeing the Imo Governor’s office stated that persons trying to dent his image will fail saying “Such individuals are fighting a lost battle as they cannot diminish Sen. Anyanwu’s soaring popularity in Imo State by means of lies, fabrication and fake news”.
He disclosed that already he had begun moves to seek redress over the report saying “He has already instructed his lawyers to commence necessary action with security agencies for redress over this libelous report in line with our extant laws including those against dissemination of fake news”.