The spokesman for Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo, Christian Aburime, said there was no rift between his director and Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.
Aburime, who spoke to reporters on Wednesday, said: “The alleged break between my director and Obi is a figment of people’s imagination. They are brothers who may share different political views.
“Soludo’s relationship, friendship and brotherhood with Obi is still intact, contrary to what many people think. I don’t know how people created and magnified a non-existent problem and how they are reacting to the governor’s comment.
“As far as I know, there is no problem between Governor Soludo and Obi. So I wonder why people get upset and yell at the media, overreact and issue one threat or another about a non-existent problem they created.
“These are totally unnecessary and people who indulge in them should reconsider,” he said.
Aburime said the Soludo-led government remained focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Anambra and would not want to be distracted by any form of verbal attack, threat or sponsored farce.
It held that Mr. Soludo was entitled to his opinion and was entitled to it under the Nigerian Constitution and in a democracy, and would not “succumb to blackmail, threat or attack”.
The aide said the governor would not retract any statement, adding: “He does not regret what he said, because he has actually expressed his own opinion, which is his constitutional rights.”
He urged young people who threaten to throw piles of garbage around the doors of Government House to desist from doing so.
“Youth must refrain from being used as a weapon of destabilization instead of being part of the solution to the challenges facing the State.
“Young people are the leaders of today and tomorrow. I wonder why they would allow themselves to be used by some people.
“Instead of threatening to litter Government House, they should rally support for Prof. Chukwuma Soludo’s government, because his administration is actually working to improve their lives.
“The Governor wants to see the youth of this generation and the generation to come have something that makes their lives more meaningful.
“In addition to giving youth several key positions in its administration, the Soludo government is currently also training and empowering thousands of youth across the state in different vocational skills.
“So I advise young people to think twice,” he said.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that a group of youths, under the aegis of the South East Youth Leaders Coalition, threatened to throw piles of rubbish at Anambra Government House on Friday to protest the alleged rift between Messrs. Soludo and Obi.
The group demanded that Soludo retract his comments against Obi.