A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Progressive Friends Foundation (PFF), has said some people are trying to blackmail Senator Andy Uba to prevent him from participating in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
PFF said the allegations of indebtedness and false academic qualifications against Uba were to truncate his ambition for the election.
It said the blackmail was only a distraction, which will yield nothing good for the state.
In a communiqué issued after its meeting in Lagos, PFF said the claims were contrived by those with “ulterior motives to stop a man they consider a threat to their interests in the crucial election”.
Signed by the Director-General, Chief Ifeanyi Oramah, the communique urged Anambra residents to look beyond “the rash of unsubstantiated allegations” and support those working for development and dividends of democracy.
It noted that Uba served the country at the highest level – as a two-time senator and a presidential adviser – besides being a governor, saying it was condemnable that such a personality had become the target of “cheap political smear campaign”.
PFF warned “political misfits, especially those bent on overheating the polity, to note that those who ride on the back of a tiger will end up in its belly”.
It added: “We expect aspirants to be creative, focused and engage in issue-based politicking that will better the people’s lives, instead of descending to the level of gutter snipes in an attempt to rubbish one of their own.
“We have no doubt that the allegations of indebtedness and certificate forgery, coming with the governorship election only six months away, is the handiwork of political opponents who see the senator as the man to beat, and are doing everything to pull him down.”
The group urged those with genuine complaints to seek redress in court, rather than attempt to destroy good people’s reputation.
Culled from thenationonlineng.net