Ngozika Johnson-Ogbun, the Gubernatorial flagbearer of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Abia State, has vowed she will not step down for any candidate of another political party.
She was speaking through a statement issued on Wednesday, widespread rumours of her purported withdrawal from the state governorship race fixed for March 18th, 2023 by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Johnson-Ogbuneke also described as false the insinuations making rounds in the state on her purported withdrawal from Abia 2023 governorship seat race.
She particularly alarmed on the attempt and alleged clandestine move by Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in the state, Alex Otti, to bribe and lure her in stepping down from the race to ensure him sail through.
According to the SDP candidate, “for the benefit of those praise worshipping Dr Alex Otti, i think the time has come for people to really know this man for who he is. To know all those claiming that I, Apostle Dr Ngozika Gladys Johnson-Ogbuneke, has stepped down for them-they all all liars.
“Starting with Dr Alex Otti he has sent persons directly to me, to bribe me to step down and i refused, telling them that i came to run this race to the very end for the Abia youths, who have been sodenoed, for the Abia women who have been marginalized for over 31 years and for the Abia Girl-children whose potentials are not recognized”.
Johnson-Ogbuneke warned Otti, the African Democratic Congress(ADC) Governorship candidate, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, and that of Action Peoples Party (APP), Mascot Uzor-Kalu to refrain from spreading lies against her and focus on their campaigns.
She further vowed no amount of their deliberate propaganda can deter her from backing out from Abia 2023 gubernatorial election as she maintained is shrouded on enhancement of welfare of Abia people and engender genuine development in every facets of the state when elected as governor come march 18th 2023.
Her words: “Daily, i am praying for a fair election and peaceful election in Abia State. If they continue to issue such lies against my candidacy.
“I shall take them up for harassment. I stand as the voice of all Abia women, the youths and the girl-children.
“If they love Abia state, I challenge them to do like zacheus (Luke19:1-13) and return to Abia State treasuries all the looted monies that they have taken out.
“Let the people of Abia state see them truly for who they are. Your ugly propaganda cannot work, be stuffed with your dirty ill-gotten wealth.
“Ngozi Abia will not step down for no one. Abia state shall be greatly built up in dead in Yeshua’s might name. Amen.”