Onu Debunks Endorsing Peter Obi

Former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, and former Governor of old Abia State, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has debunked endorsing the presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, for the 2023 Presidency.

Onu, who unsuccessfully sought the position of All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer ahead of the 2023 election, said he still had loyalty to the ruling party and that any claims of him engaging in anti-party action should be discounted.

The former minister further asserted  that claims suggesting he endorsed another party are “mischievous, wicked and unfortunate.”

Onu urged the public to verify such statements and clarified that he should not be confused with a specific Dr SKC Ogbonnia, who, according to recent reports, is said to have endorsed the Labour Party and its candidate.

Below is the full statement as personally signed by Mr Onu.

Early this morning, many national newspapers carried the story of the endorsement of the Labour Party Presidential Candidate by one Dr SKC Ogbonnia, who was reported to have contested for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Primaries in 2019.

A few minutes ago, someone drew my attention to an article in the circulation of that same story but captioned with my name, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, instead of the name of the person who had issued and signed the statement.

Dr SKC Ogbonnia is a completely different person from Dr Ogbonnaya Onu. My surname is Onu and not Ogbonnia. My other name is Ogbonnaya and not Ogbonnia. The initials SKC are not mine. I never contested for the Presidential Primaries of the APC in 2019.

In my long political carrier, I have never changed my political party. I have also never been involved in any anti-party activity. It is also important to remember that I served meritoriously as the National Chairman of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), which for a long time, was the largest opposition political party in the country.

I, therefore, request that the general public should make the distinction between Dr SKC Ogbonnia and Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

The attempt to copy the statement made by Dr SKC Ogbonnia and put my name as the caption is mischievous, wicked and unfortunate.

We need a high level of civility in the conduct of politics in our dear nation.

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