By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Enugu Youth Coalition has slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for alleging that the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi prevented journalists from covering the visit of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the state.
A statement signed by its National Coordinator, Dr. Edwin Obune, described the allegations as manufactured falsehood.
“The attention of Enugu Youth Coalition has been drawn to the latest falsehood manufactured and peddled by Senator Ayogu Campaign Organisation claiming that the God-fearing and peace-loving governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi ordered journalists in the state to black-out coverage of the visit by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to the state.
“This is another lie manufactured from the pit of hell by the fidgeting factional governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
“How can the APC accuse a governor who in his characteristic manner took to the media to warmly welcome the Vice President to the state, now turn around to be the one blocking journalists from covering his activities? How frivolous and loquacious the APC has become lately in the state?
“More laughable is the claim that the state government owned media workers were directed to stay-off from the visit when some chieftains of the party in the state personally sponsored advertisements on the same state owned media outfits welcoming the Vice President with campaign languages even when the INEC has not lifted it’s ban on governorship and state assembly campaigns.
“Is it not a sign of irresponsibility for a political party and its governorship candidate to abandon the task of marketing themselves to the electorates and start manufacturing lies, outright falsehoods and mindless propaganda that is so disconnected from the realities in the name of electoral campaigns?
“The executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has over the years displayed strong democratic character which has defined his personality and will never be a party to any of the fabricated lies and falsehoods the APC in the state is trying to link him with, all in the name of trying to cause friction between the State Governmet and the Federal Government.
“While we apologise to the Vice President for the embarrassment the inglorious activities of the APC and its factional governorship candidate in the state has caused him, we urge the good people of the state to ignore the latest falsehood manufactured by the party against the God-fearing governor of our dear state.”