The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has denied allegation that he accused the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of being responsible for the death of Kogi state APC candidate, late Prince Abubakar Audu.
This was made in a statement issued by the special assistant to the Imo state governor on information and communications technology, Ik Ogbonna. The statement said such information being peddled by rumour mongers is nothing but a “tale full of thrash.”
“The story which is written in poor English purported that Gov Rochas Okorocha, the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum gave an interview where he accused Tinubu of being behind the death of Kogi state APC candidate, late Prince Abubakar Audu.
“Firstly Gov Rochas Okorocha spent the better part of yesterday, Sunday 22nd November, 2015 till about 7 pm chairing a stakeholders forum of South-East Leaders and returned to Owerri same night, it is bewildering where and when he gave the interview which trended same night on social media?
“Secondly, Prince Abubakar Audu is not yet a member of APC Governors Forum and Okorocha could not have granted the interview on that score."
Reacting to other statement attributed to the governor titled “Audu’s Running Mate Should Become APC Governorship Candidate”,
The governor said: “The family of Prince Abubakar Audu has not blamed anyone for the death of their son neither is Gov Okorocha a member of the Audu family.
“The story was written as an interview Governor Okorocha granted yet no medium was mentioned. Can one grant interview to thin air?
“The purported interview is a wicked machination of people who are envious of the towering profile of Gov Rochas Okorocha and aim at bringing him at loggerheads with leaders of the Party especially Sen Bola Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State and a man Gov Okorocha holds in very high esteem.
“It is also remarkable that the story has no source but emanated from the Facebook wall of a PDP apologist who must have been paid by her handlers to cause disaffection within APC family.”