Odey Ochicha denied receiving money from the PDP
Odey Ochicha, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Cross River state in the 2015 general elections has denied receiving money from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to concede defeat.
He described the rumours making the rounds in the state as malicious, unfounded and aimed at fermenting trouble, causing confusion and misleading members of his party and the public, Vanguard reports.
The APC governorship candidate said many have misinterpreted his conceding defeat to the PDP candidate, Senator Ben Ayade, to mean he took money from the PDP during the election.
“My attention has been drawn to some malicious and demeaning falsehood being peddled by some people that I, Mr. Odey Ochicha received money as compensation from Ayade and his party to concede defeat in the 2015 general election.
“Let it be stated for the records that I never had any sort of transaction with Ayade before, during or after congratulating him; I did what I did in my own wisdom and my exposure to understand politics as an interesting game and in the spirit of sportsmanship therefore, I want to inform the general public to disregard such wicked rumours.
“Let it be on record that although the decision to congratulate Ayade was my sole decision, when the party decided to challenge the election result in the tribunal, I contributed financially for the party to pursue the case so this rumour is nothing but a figment of the fertile imagination of the criminal elements spreading it,” he said.
Ochicha challenged those spreading the rumour to show facts that he got money from Ayade and petition the EFCC to trace his records before and after the election to prosecute him if he is found guilty.
He called on members of the party to beware of false information from political foes and detractors who are out to cause trouble and division in the party.