Owerri - Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has denied the posters in Abuja and other Northern states having the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, announcing his intention to run for the 2019 presidency with Rochas as the deputy.
He described it as the handiwork of his detractors.
In a press release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemedo, the governor described posters as another mischief by some mischievous elements cowed by his monumental achievements in Imo and what he represents in the politics of the South-East and Nigeria in general today.
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According to the release, those behind this mischief first invaded the social media with the fake posters and when they discovered that the comments by decent men and women had all doubted the source and the genuineness of the posters, they decided to paste them in Abuja.
The statement read: On the part of the Imo state governor, it is very difficult to capture what the folks behind this pettiness want to achieve or what must have prompted them, in the first place.
“Since 2015 elections when he cowed his detractors, they have never left any stone unturned to ensure that they put knife in the enviable relationship existing between the president and Governor Okorocha. Their latest unfortunate outing is the posters in question.
“Interestingly, Governor Okorocha has for sometime now been reported to have told those willing to hear that he won’t run for the 2019 presidential election because of President Buhari. And by repeatedly saying that, he succeeded in disarming the little minds who had used that issue to blackmail him.
“And now, they have begun to publish about Okorocha being the vice-presidential candidate to Governor Shettima. And for the sake of exposing these petty minded fellows, one can ask whether Rochas and Shettima would start campaign in 2016 for 2019 election?”
- News 24