The candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, has insisted that his opponent in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Willie Obiano, cheated during one of the governorship debates and reckoned that the defence being put up in his favour was an afterthought.
Ubah, who was reacting to a news report by one Okike Ozoemena, condemning the governorship hopeful for his conduct at the debate, said “It is on record that the organisers of that debate warned all the debaters that none should come with prepared answers. It also on record that Willie Obiano came with prepared answer scripts.”
According to the Director, Media & Publicity, Ifeanyi Ubah Campaign Organization, Afam Ilounoh, “Most important, Chief Ubah should receive accolades for catching Obiano red-handed and showing that he would have zero tolerance for corruption (and any form of cheating is corruption) he had to expose that corruption most energetically. Actually Ubah received accolades that day – both for coming tops at the debate, and for exposing a cheat.
He said “When Ubah recovered the scripts and waved them in the air, and accused Obiano for that corruption, all Obiano could do was to smile sheepishly and bow his head shamefacedly. He never defended himself –not during that debate; not after it. So far, this remains a fact. Rules are made to be obeyed. Obiano disobeyed the rules. If Obiano was ever seen jotting down points, he would not have been accused of cheating.
“And notes jotted down during a debate are quite different from fully developed paragraphs on various issues –some which were never raised at the debate. Owing to this, Ubah has called Obiano to borrow some dignity from somewhere to cover his lack of integrity. The only option open to him to do the right thing is to opt out of the race for who will be the next governor of Anambra State. A man who would cheat on little matters would do so on great ones.
“By the way, who told the member of the audience who was mentioned in your report, that Obiano used the papers discovered on him for jotting down questions? How did he reach that conclusion? What informed that belief? The story failed to dwell further on such grave but baseless claim. Or is the man an Obiano appendage? And did he even write and pass out the story as a genuine news item filed by a bonafide reporter? Well, stranger things have happened.
“The truth is that on that day, Ubah out-performed the so-called well-educated debaters. Most interestingly, he exposed the problem Anambra voters should well avoid – voting in a man who has no respect for rules to be their governor, no matter his claims to be a ‘world-class Chartered Accountant that worked in a world-class bank’ (as Obiano claimed during that debate) and was involved in a world-class cheating during that same debate and a world-class blood-letting at Uke night vigil,” he said.