The Ebonyi State APC gubernatorial candidate in the March 9 election, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji has challenged a certain Ogbonnia Onu who claims he, Ogbuoji, diverted campaign fund of the party to go ahead with his announced probe of him.
Ogbuoji gave the response Tuesday to the news making the rounds from a media briefing reportedly by Onu in Abakaliki.
He stated that this Onu character is actually playing the script written by some people to lay the ground work against the announcement by the APC and Ogbuoji to challenge the outcome of March 9 elections.
This was made known in a statement from the media office of the Ogbuoji Campaign Organization and signed by Ikenna Emewu, Director, Media and Publicity.
We foresaw this and are not surprised that Onu who I can say vehemently is not a member of the party is the one being used for this odd job.
For the records, this Onu is not a member of the party. The candidate of our party for the House of Representatives election for Onaonivo is Mr. Festus Odi, and he is a genuine member of our party and a supporter of the party. If this Ogbonnia Onu vied for the ticket of the party, where was he thereafter.
He is one of the persons we knew that were into anti APC activities. He is a hireling of Governor David Umahi and has always acted his script, that is what he continues with now.
We challenge him to show his APC membership card so that we can address him properly because we know his pedigree in political insincerity and he has no credibility or bearing in the APC to make such claims since he doesn’t belong to the party.
After he was duly defeated in the contest for the ticket because we knew he was a mole for Umahi, he left back to where he belongs.
If Ogbonnia Onu is a member of the APC in Ebonyi he would have featured in the campaigns and would have known that Ogbuoji and the candidates at all levels campaigned and toured all the LGs of the states between January 28 which started in Ishielu and ended in Edda on February 12.
Beyond that, Ogbuoji and the APC sustained a vigorous campaign in the media at all levels all through the period from the first week of December as campaigns started till the last day on March 7.
In those days and months, this impostor bought by his paymasters to start this shameful campaign never showed up at the APC offices or at its meetings or campaign activities, and so how would he have known what happened in the party he had always worked as a betrayer against for his hireling in PDP.
We urge him to save his sweat about probe because if the party leadership at Abuja released any fund for campaigns and it was diverted, the APC leadership doesn’t need any prompting to start a probe.
As proof that he is not a member of the APC, two party leaders from his Ishiagu in Ivo LGA spoke to us on how unreliable Onu is and how he has straggled between two parties. For instance, a kinsman of his, Mr. Kennedy Igwe Ajah, an APC leader Ishiagu testified that even on the guber election day, Onu was spotted inducing and canvassing that voters should cast their ballot for the PDP candidate at the Ugogo Primary School polling unit in his hometown. When confronted, he didn’t deny his acts even on election day which is against the rule.
Also, another APC leader, who admitted that Onu is his cousin narrated that two weeks precisely before the guber election, Onu got N1m support from Governor David Umahi to campaign for him and that he did and happily announced to everyone that he campaigned for Umahi.
However, this was just one of the several funding he got from Umahi even as he had got 70 percent of the money that funded his nomination form from the same Umahi and the rest from Governor Rochas Okorocha with whose photo he branded his campaign bus.
Mr. Henry Chukwu, Onu’s relation and state president, Ogbuoji Solidarity Movement as well as the state chairman of the Buhari Integrated Support Group, Ebonyi State said at several times, Onu was spotted in PDP meetings at the home of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
Chukwu said he many times confronted Onu on his anti APC activities and for which he showed no remorse and continuously vowed he hates Ogbuoji and will align with his political enemies to work against him. ‘I can say it anywhere just like I always told him, that Onu, known better in our area, Akanu Ishiagu as Joseph Nwachukwu, was never a member of the APC and there is nothing he says about Ogbuoji or about the party in the state that is from a sincere mind and his rants should be disregarded because he was always a mole in the APC and never pretended about it. It is also possible that the same people from PDP he had always worked for sent him on this damage job he does now against Ogbuoji.’
We want to let him that no amount of calumny he embarks on would stop the resolve of the party and Ogbuoji to challenge the outcome of that charade at the tribunal.
Moreover, we know these antics of Onu are just the beginning, we still expect him to play other games that have been lined up by the Umahi camp which won’t even surprise us because we have been aware of these gimmicks in the past 10 days.
But while he labours in his insincerity, we would want the world to know that Ogbonnia has never been a member of the APC in Ebonyi State or anywhere in Nigeria. He is an impostor PDP member who works so hard as a double to smear the APC in our state. to its