Obaze cautions on APGA-sponsored smear campaign against his person

Oseloka H. Obaze
OHO Press Release: 17/33 of  10 October, 2017
Statement Attributable to Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze, PDP Governorship candidate on the smear campaign unleashed on his person by APGA and Gov. Willie Obiano supporters.
My attention has been drawn to various malicious reports on social media platforms directed at my person, aimed at tarnishing my image and credibility as the candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming elections. Such reckless postings constitute fake news, hate speeches and inciting words. Several postings breach fundamental ethics and even extant electoral laws.
These malicious reports range from allusions that I fraudulently won the PDP primaries, which was nationally televised, to my going to a shrine to swear an allegiance, and of late, that I was admitted as a mental health patient in a New England hospital in the United States. Some have alluded that I have served a prison term under whatever pretext. Several have imputed and attributed to me, views I did not express and meetings I did not attend. The perpetrators of these hatchet job on behalf of the Willie Obiano campaign, have also made every effort to discredit my many years of national, international and state service. Rather than focus on the campaign issues they resort to a campaign of calumny. I have taken these distraction with great equanimity, but there are acceptable limits of propagandizing.
I wish to restate as anyone who have heard me speak publicly, that in my sixty-two yeas of life, I’ve been blessed with good health and have never been admitted or spent a single day in any hospital, anywhere in the world. I have travelled to sixty-five countries and have never been arrested by any law enforcement agency anywhere in the world, talk more of serving a prison term. My educational and work years are properly and well accounted in my biography, which is a matter of public record, including on Wikipedia. There is no missing link in my years of education and work.
I remain committed to standing above the fray of prebendal politics and running an issues-based campaign. I hope, that the chairman of the Wille Obiano Campaign, Chief Victor Umeh will call his team to order. These social media postings emanating from their camp have gone well beyond acceptable limits and therefore must cease.
I wish to remind those who peddle such falsehood that it is not they alone that retain the prerogative of use of malicious information. As a public servant, and given my erstwhile vantage position in government, I am capable of unearthing credible and sufficiently damaging information, which if made public will alter the campaign narrative and trajectory. These include known cases of perversion of Justice.
I would like to advise once again, that as we campaign, only the Governor of our state enjoy any form of prosecutorial immunity. Those who engage in libel and slander in the name of campaigning or on his behalf will be held responsible. In seeking redress, there surely will be no statute of limitation.
Finally, I hereby reiterate my commitment to run a campaign free of fake news, hate speech and calumny. I will dismiss anyone on my team who engages in such acts. I hope other Anambra State governorship candidates, including Gov. Willie Obiano, will publicly make a similar commitment.
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