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2023: “I never asked Igbos not to waste their votes on Obi”- Ngige opens up

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has rubbished reports quoting him as saying Igbo people should not waste their votes on Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 election.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Ngige’s rebuttal was contained in a statement by his media office on Wednesday.

A report had claimed that the Minister boasted that Bola Tinubu, the presidential flag-bearer of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will emerge as Nigeria’s next president. But the former Anambra State governor said the report was false in its entirety.

Ngige’s statement partly reads: “My attention has been drawn to the viral report in social media, saying that I asked Igbos not to waste their votes on the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi.

“The same fake report quoted me as labeling both the Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a bunch of PDP looters, with the aim to come back to power to continue inflicting pains on Nigerians through the instrumentality of corruption and looting.

“It further claimed that I boasted that the progressives will remain in power in 2023 and that Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu will take over from President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Ordinarily, I am not given to responding to everything I see on social media, knowing how misleading and deceptive a substantial number of them could be. But, following the bombardment of my phone by concerned friends, relations, and associates, both political and apolitical, I wish to use this medium to debunk this fake report, which neither emanated directly from me nor my media office.”

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