The Labour Party (LP) candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Victor Umeh, has raised alarm over the resort to falsehood by his opponents in the race for the seat in the forthcoming 2023 election.
Umeh, a foundation member and former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and former senator, spoke against the backdrop of one of such stories that claimed he demanded N500 million to support Prof Chukwuma Soludo in the 2021 Anambra governorship election.
Senator Umeh made the remarks in his keynote address during the inauguration of the state executive council of the Victor Umeh Solidarity Network (VUSON), a support group, working for his 2023 senatorial bid under the Labour Party.
Umeh, who had to leave APGA after he was denied the senatorial ticket of the party in what he believed to be a grand, high-level conspiracy by some members of the party against his senatorial ambition ahead of the 2023 general election, urged members of VUSON to get ready to counter such calumnious narratives.
Senator Umeh said his opponents in the current senatorial contest had become jittery and now deploy to all manner of propaganda against him.
In an instance, according to him, “I was at Okpuno, where someone, a reputed person in the society, told me he was told by Senator Uche Ekwunife that I demanded to be paid N500million before I could work for Soludo in the last (2021 Anambra gubernatorial) election.
“But that is not true. I never demanded any money to work for Soludo. Instead, I used my own funds to work for him, even as his campaign director in the last election.
“I even met some of my friends who went on to donate money to Soludo because of my influence. So, it was Soludo who made money from me, instead.”
The former lawmaker lamented that his opponents were dishing out propaganda against him just to whittle down his influence ahead of the forthcoming election.
“Recently too, there was a voice note that circulated on the social media, that I was caught with a married woman, and that I paid money to the woman’s husband to avoid being exposed. All these are deliberate falsehood and propaganda, targeted at me.
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