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Election over, save Anambra the disinformation campaign – Adinuba

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ANAMBRA State Government  has decried an alleged disinformation campaign against the government which has continued even after the last electioneering season in the state.

   This was contained in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, who highlighted instances of disinformation targeted at de-marketing the state, creating trust deficit between the people and the government together with manufacturing a friction between the outgoing administration of Governor Willie Obiano and the incoming administration of Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo.

According to the commissioner, one of such instance is a recent report that the Obiano administration had budgeted a whopping N500m for the Professor Soludo inauguration on March 17, which the governor-elect rejected and rather opted for a N20m ceremony. The commissioner stated that none of the figures bandied about has any iota of truth, as the governor never prepared a budget which Professor Soludo could have possibly accepted or rejected.

He pointed out that Professor Soludo, who is determined to run a frugal administration only wants a most modest inauguration which will last a couple of minutes in front of Government House, Awka, and cannot cost anything near N1million, a decision which stakeholders, including Governor Obiano has applauded.

 Noting that Governor Obiano is always expressed publicly that he chose to support Professor Soludo on account of his outstanding brilliance, robust performance record, solid commitment to the public good and acute preparedness to transform the state within a short period, Adinuba restated that all the concocted reports about a fight between him and the governor-elect are baseless.

Also commenting on claims which surfaced in the media last week that his absence and that of Governor Obiano at the inauguration of the Transition Committee was an indication of a rift between Obiano and Soludo, Commissioner Adinuba revealed that the reporter who filed the said report took fiction too far and ended up embarrassing his colleagues who were at the venue and had provided accurate reports of the proceedings.

Explaining that words he never used were in the alleged report ascribed to him in order to fit into a narrative of a split, the commissioner pointed out that Governor Obiano was not scheduled to attend the inauguration, as a large and competent government delegation, led by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, was at the venue to represent the government.

The commissioner further stated that these fictitious reports, sponsored by the state’s political opponents are only targeted at damaging the state’s reputation, regretted that even Anambra International Passenger and Cargo Airport, which saw a phenomenal 3865 passengers and 145 flights in the first month of commercial flight operations have also witnessed it’s butt of vicious attacks by these politicians who recently sponsored a report on the social media claiming that a large herd of so-called Fulani-owned cows broke into the airport, assisted by dangerously armed herders.

Applauding the remarkable way all the airport stakeholders, including airlines, passengers, security agencies, technical and cabin crews, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Aviation, as well as serious journalists treated the alleged security breach at the airport report with the contempt it deserved, Adinuba advised politicians who sponsor relentless reports against the state in the name of fighting a political war to desist from their attempts to de-market the state, as what the state mostly need is an atmosphere of cooperation, collaboration and solidarity to enable the governor-elect to kick off the desired revolution to launch Anambra State into a stratosphere of development.

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