Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, at no time endorsed Prince Bassey Edet Otu, gubernatorial flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Saturday’s gubernatorial and state assemblies elections in Cross River State.
The revelation was made by Take Back Naija, TBN, Obi’s lead support group, Cross River State chapter, which expelled its mobilisation officer, Mr. Thankgod Oyira, and suspension of two others over alleged false endorsement of Prince Bassey Otu, gubernatorial flag bearer of the APC in Cross River State.
Oyira and the other two members were punished over the alleged falsification and circulation of an endorsement letter for Prince Bassey Edet Otu, gubernatorial flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Cross River State.
However, the group, in a statement, signed by its State Coordinator Daniel Ofem, debunked the endorsement of Prince Otu and declared their of Sen. Sandy Ojang Onor, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate.
The statement read: “The attention of the Take Back Naija (TBN) Cross River State Executives has been drawn to a false endorsement of the APC governorship candidate Prince Bassey Otu, by 3 of TBN Cross River Chapter executives without the knowledge of the State Coordinator and State Executives.”
“We disassociate Take Back Naija Cross River state from such document/endorsement and deception, mutiny and mischief aimed at misinforming the public.
“On this note, effective immediately Mr Thankgod F. Oyira (the state mobilization officer) is expelled from the Take Back Naija Movement Cross River chapter; Mr Eko E. Iyamba and Mr Paul U. Igbaji are suspended until further notice.
“Our Resolve is absolute and our stand remains clear, as a member body of the CPO, coalition for Peter Obi, in line with our earlier announcement officially endorses Sandy Ojang Onor, the PDP governorship Candidate and assures the public all our 18 LGA coordinators, Ward Coordinators, Cell Leaders and Polling Unit Canvassers are committed to delivering the mandate of Sen. Sandy Ojang Onor.”