Sen. Andy Uba, All Progressives Congress, APC, Governorship candidate in the forthcoming Anambra State election, has debunked forgery allegations around him asking people to be wary of fake news.
According to the Governorship candidate, the report published in an offshore based but Nigerian owned online paper is not only fake and false news, but also an old report for which he has been in court seeking damages from its original sponsor.
Much of the said allegations were based on an old report published by Sahara Reporters.
But responding through the Andy Uba Campaign Council, AUCC, in a statement signed by its DG, Paul Chukwuma, Uba pointed out that the report is an old one, published on 31, March 2017.
“Common sense should dictate that if there was any truth to the said Sahara Reporters’ publication, it would have been a basis for disqualifying our candidate at the party level from even contesting primaries.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), would have been forced to raise objections, too, at some levels.
“But as it so happened, Sen. Andy Uba did not only scaled through the party primaries, he has been stamped with the seal of approval by INEC as the bonafide authentic candidate of his party.
“Even more, Sen. Uba is still waxing stronger and winning many more stakeholders in Anambra to his worthy course of rescuing the state from the pestilential hands of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Willy Obiano.
“May we also add, like we earlier noted, that the platform on which the report was published is notoriously known for the worst form of cash and carry journalism. It’s a ‘pay-as-you-go’ kind of publishing portal where what you pay its notorious owner and rabble rouser determines what they publish on Sahara Reporters Platform,” the statement read.
AUCC also added that Andy Uba has been in court over the matter with original sponsor of the report seeking N24 billion in damages.
He also said that the sponsor has since been dodging court processes ever since.
“As a result of the foregoing, we are forced to again sound the alarm to the general public on the need to be exceptionally wary at this time, going into 2023, of what they read, hear, see and believe on internet.
“We live in the internet age where all manner of stories, untrue and baseless can be digitally altered to make it real,” the AUCC statement added.