…Decries Dan Ulasi’s “hangover tales”
Senator Andy Uba, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the November election, has cautioned politicians in Anambra State to always strive to speak the truth, and not attempt to obfuscate same purely to achieve political goals.
The call today came against the backdrop of a television interview wherein Chief Dan Ulasi, a former People’s Democratic Party, PDP, chairman in Anambra, under the guile of boosting the campaigns of his party “proceeded to churn out a potpourri of deliberate falsehood, conflicting conclusions and incendiary comments, with an aim to incite possible revolt among the populace.”
Hon Victor Afam Ogene, Director, Media and Publicity, Senator Andy Uba Governorship Campaign Organisation, SAUGCO, decried the elderly politician’s comments.
He said: “Besides freely making comments on last June’s gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC – which are clearly sub judice, as the issue is still under litigation – Chief Dan Ulasi proceeded to accuse the All Progressives Congress of an Islamisation agenda, without any justification whatsoever for that charge.
“This is in spite of the fact that the PDP primaries was more rancorous in the entire state, leading to the loss of one senator, three House of Representatives members and several gubernatorial aspirants of the party.
“Hardly able to disguise his frustrations over the rising profile of the APC and its candidate, Ulasi had thundered: ‘Look at the rate at which people are joining the APC. So you can see that there’s a different agenda. Knowing that Anambra is the centrepiece of Igboland; knowing that if Anambra falls, politically, there’s a different agenda coming up…the agenda is not just capturing Anambra, it is Islamisation.’
“Haba! Chief Ulasi. For a man who professed on the same set that he was born and raised in Kano, without any attempt by anyone to coerce him into becoming a Muslim, the recourse to inflammatory comments on the altar of politics is hardly an attribute that would be associated with an aspiring statesman.
“While we concede to Chief Ulasi his right to political party platform and support for any candidate of his choice, the sweeping categorisation of his brothers and sisters who elect to be on a different platform as agents of Islamisation, is politics taken beyond the depths of rationality and decent conduct.
“Without a doubt, we sympathise with Chief Ulasi and his ebbing platform, PDP as they appear to have left the contest for Governor Willy Obiano’s All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and the APC.
“To properly situate the confusion swirling around him, the former PDP chairman had in answer to a question remarked thus: ‘Igbos must be at the centre. You must be in a party that has national representation, or a possibility of a national representation. That’s where you can fight. My interest (thus) would be: if Igbos are genuine in what they want to do, they either have to be in APC or PDP.’
“While we can pardon Chief Ulasi for the somersault, we harken to remind him, and his ilk, that today in Anambra, the APC is the true national political party, with one senator, five House of Representatives members and 10 members of the State House of Assembly – as against the PDP’s one senator, two House of Representatives members, and three state assembly members.
“We reiterate that at all times, elders should always strive to speak the truth, and not attempt to obfuscate same purely to achieve political goals.”