Wednesday , September 22 2021

MY STAND – APGA’S DENIAL OF THE SECRET DOCUMENT WITH WILLIE OBAINO AND MATTERS ARISING

Fejiro Oliver

I do not wish to have responded to the denial of the
report published exclusively on Elombah.com about a document which was leaked
to me, alleging that the National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh signed an
agreement with its gubernatorial candidate, Willie Obaino, which was reported
by my humble self. But the circumstances surrounding the denial by APGA and
some statement credited to Philip Chinwuba and Hope for Nigeria media gives
room for this release.

Let us begin with APGA’s denial of such document and
agree with them that the report leaked to Elombah.com is fake. For the
avoidance of doubt, I personally contacted Victor Umeh on his mobile phone
number that ends with ********757 to ask him for his confirmation on the story
on Sunday afternoon by 3.12pm but never got a reply from him as at the time of
going to press at night, even when the text message sent to him showed ‘delivered’.
Wouldn’t it have been better for Umeh to reply then instead of today when the
story has gone viral? Can it be said that I never gave a right of hearing?

I personally take exception to number 2 of the press
release issued by APGA stating that Chief Austin Ndigwe is not a member of
APGA. In case Umeh forgot, may I remind him that Ndigwe is a founding member of
APGA alongside Chief Prince Arthur Eze and they personally drafted relatively
known Peter Obi into the race that made him a governor today? Ndigwe is a special
adviser to Umeh as well! I still do not fault their rebuttal.
The number 3 of the press release denies Chief Onwuka
Ukwah as the National Deputy Chairman of APGA. When we got the leak, I read it well
and in the report, I can’t remember mentioning him as the National Deputy
Chairman, but reported that he is the National Deputy Chairman (South), as was
written in the agreement. I still do not fault their rebuttal.
On the issue of Philip Chinwuba, who I was told wrote
some comment on media site, which were sent to me; let the record be set
straight. We didn’t mention N576 billion, but N5.76 billion, which was the
calculation of the alleged N120 million monthly for four years. To answer him
on how much Anambra receives from the Federal Government; the state receives roughly
N3 billion monthly with a monthly internally generated revenue of N400 to N500
million monthly. If the agreement therefore ‘is’ true, the money can easily be
paid to Umeh without a blink of an eye. On the part of Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, I understand
that the name ‘Anyanwu” was put in bracket, which is a title likened to ‘onwa’,
and not part of her name as Philip and Hope for Nigeria would want to turn the
report into. I still do not fault their rebuttal.
Philip spoke to me from London over what he called a ‘baseless’
write up and wanted to know how authentic it is. As it’s customary, I replied
him that I got across to Umeh alone, (Ndigwe not included) but he never
replied, hence I had to file the report, but would like to hear from Obaino his
position on the report. Phil, as I will call him noted that he has spoken to
Obaino and he refutes it, to which I replied that I want to hear from him
personally and would want him to send Obaino’s Phone number to me for me to do
a follow up and not a ‘retraction’, which he promised to send but never did. When
Phil’s ‘principal’ refuse to respond to journalistic inquiry, it doesn’t make
it gutter journalism, but a failure on those managing his media affairs, beside
it doesn’t cost a dime to get Obaino’s number if I mean to, but of what use is
it when I have contacted one of the party who allegedly signed the document and
he didn’t respond? I still do not fault their rebuttal.
Elombah.com is very different from 247ureporter.com,
just as Fejiro Oliver is different from Ikenna Ezenekwe, thus I find it
baffling that the report is linked to the latter, when it is obvious that the
source of all the other media is form Elombah.com. This is where Hope for
Nigeria (HFN) got it all wrong. No place was in the document or report that
mentioned willie to be ‘willy’, neither can we say or not say that the document
was forged. HFN claims to have experts who tracked the source of the document
and I dare them to mention who did. More laughable is the statement that the
document was distributed to “6 specific All Progressive Congress (APC) bloggers
who have taken the whole of Sunday, 20th of October, 2013 to
reproduce, post, sharing this mud-slinging documents”.
This is not only a lie by HFN , but a condemnable
one. On Sunday that the report was published exclusively on Elombah.com, only
secretsreporters.blogspot.com and 247ureports.com picked the story from Elombah.com.
Wherefore lies the other 3 media that published it? I do not belong to any
political party, neither do I sympathize with any; as a matter of fact, I had
written about APC in an unpleasant write up titled, “Scream no eureka yet for
APC birth”, which never went down well with them. HFN did no forensic
examination on the report and it’s such a pity that they could lie to the
public, in a bid to make their media hi-tech. Without defending Ikenna, I dare
say that he is not the arrow head of the report or document, neither am I. I reported
a leaked document, with signatures of people clearly shown, even when I have
never seen their signatures before. If I was to report, it should be on Peter
Obi who has held an innocent man, Bonaventure Mokwe captive in SARS, not Obaino
who has done no wrong yet in the political system, but we have to do the job,
no matter whose ox is gored.
We do not always have to condemn everything simply because
it does not suit us or those we are favorably disposed to. I did not expect
anyone to keep quiet over the issue, as I expected back lashing and vinegar,
while others appraise it for what it is. If Ngige never had a problem with
Chris Uba, we did never had known what transpired; if Joe, the media man of Stella
Oduah never owned up to her buying of bullet proof cars, we would have been
crucifying sahara reporters; if documents were not used to back up the
sexcapdes of Sanusi Lamido, we did have been calling for premium times head.
Still yet, let us take APGA rebuttal for what it is
while we wait for the election and governance. This is my story; this is my
stand.
These little things matter…

Fejiro
Oliver, a Journalist can be reached on secretsreporters@gmail.com and +2348026797588 (sms only please).  Engage him on twitter @fejirooliver86 and
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