There was never a time that Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State said that the people of the state would not for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi.
Reactions had trailed the alleged declaration credited to Gov Umahi, with some critics describing him as a saboteur.
Umahi was quoted to have said that the people of the state would rather vote for Sen Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
A statement by Francis Nwaze, the governor’s special assistant on media and publicity, said there was never a time Engr Umahi made such statement.
According to him, “Our attention has been drawn to insinuations in some quarters suggesting that the Ebonyi State governor, Engr David Umahi, has specifically asked Ebonyi people not to vote for a particular candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
“What Governor Umahi did during a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday was in the spirit of sportsmanship to emphasize his earlier resolve to support the eventual winner of the presidential election who later turned out to be Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
“The statement by Governor Umahi by all standards only underscored his determination to live up to his earlier comment of supporting the party’s standard-bearer.”