By OKECHUKWU PEACE
The candidate representing the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming Benue South senatorial rerun, Daniel Onjeh has denied the assassination attempt claim by his opponent, David Mark.
Onjeh said his political ambition was not worth the blood of any man, adding that he or any member of his team had no intention to kill a former military general.
The APC candidate was reacting to a statement issued by the PDP team that Onjeh alongside his publicity director, Okpokwu Ogenyi were planning to attack Mark.
A statement issued by Ogenyi on behalf of the campaign organisation described the story as baseless and unfounded.
He wished Mark long life, while asking the general public to disregard the story.
The statement reads below.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement issued by David Mark, alleging assassination attempt on his life by Comrade Dan Onjeh.
“Ordinarily, we shouldn’t dignify his concocted and fictitious allegation with a response, but for the, records, posterity,and the sake of our people and our numerous supporters, we intend to break the long silence on Mark’s countless allegations and barefaced lies on the pages of newspapers.
“That somebody would believe this story is not only a woeful display of ignorance, but also pathetic.
“It is sad that Mark, a former military brigadier general and self-acclaimed Okpokpowulu (bulldozer) is alleging that a bloody civilian like Onjeh, whom he severally described as a small boy, is planning to kill him.
“It is obvious that the general has seen his imminent defeat, hence his cries like a baby deprived of breast milk for months.
“Evidently, he has all the time to paint all the resources and social media platform red with cooked up stories because he has the luxury of time, especially as he is not seen campaigning anywhere in Benue South.
“Expectedly, like student who does not read ahead of exam and only bank on cheating to pass, Mark has displayed same with his refusal to campaign, forgetting that the electorate are more politically conscious now, and that the era of impunity, voters intimidation and inducement are over.
“This is to inform well-meaning Nigerians that Comrade Onjeh has never and will never plot to kill any man in the name of political office, as such, his ambition is not worth the blood of any man, not even his opponent Mark. Rather, Onjeh wishes him long life to experience the change and development he deprived the Idoma nation for close to two decades.
“His recent baseless allegations and cries are pure indications that he has finally accepted his fate and he’s ready to return to his golf course in Akpegede to wait for the EFCC.
“We call on our numerous supporters to ignore the ‘wailing wailler’ and keep the dream of emancipating Benue South from 16 years of oppression and misrepresentation.
“Join us in prayers as we count down to our daybreak – February 20.
“This David Mark’s claim is true to the extent that he meant his political death!”