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2023: We Never Endorsed Atiku – Anambra Monarchs

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Traditional rulers in Idemili North and South Local Government Areas of Anambra State have said there is no truth in reports that they have endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 Election, Atiku Abubakar.

The monarchs, in a statement issued on Monday by the chairman of their forum, Igwe Chuma Agbala, and the vice-chairman, Igwe Nick Obi, said they were only visited by their son, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, who disclosed to them his nomination into the Atiku Campaign Organisation.

The statement read: “The publication or information circulating in the news media of the purported endorsement of a PDP Presidential candidate is not true.

”The fact is that the Idemili North and South Traditional Rulers Forum, held its quarterly meeting at the Idemili North Local Government Headquarters, Ogidi, where Chief Obiora Okonkwo came and said that he was appointed as one of the PDP Anambra State coordinators.

“That was it, and there was nothing like the endorsement of any political party or her flag bearer.”

The monarchs expressed surprise that some persons twisted the account of the visit to mean endorsement, when it was not true.

They said they were embarrassed by what they described as an ugly development, and stated that as royal fathers, they were totally apolitical and would always be father figures to all persons.

”We, the traditional rulers of Idemili North and South, do not indulge in partisan politics and as such would not dump or endorse or move to endorse any political party’s candidate. We are royal fathers and hence, are fathers to all.”