Traditional rulers in Anambra State’s Idemili North and South Local Government Areas denied media reports on Monday that they had endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The monarchs, according to a statement issued by their forum’s chairman, Igwe Chuma Agbala, and vice-chairman, Igwe Nick Obi, have no intention of endorsing any candidate for the election due to their position as royal fathers of all.
According to them, the trending media reports were a twisted account of what happened during their quarterly meetings, which were held at Ogidi, Nnewi North, and were attended by their son, Chief Obiora Okonkwo, Chairman of United Nigerian Airlines.
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. 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, the statement added.
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