Former Abia State governor, Dr Ogbonnaya has refuted report quoting him as having said that he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari where the latter informed him that he (Onu) would not be appointed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation .
Onu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement by his former chief of staff ,Sunny Onyeukwu said he never spoke to a journalist either formally or informally on the President’s appointments and accused the authors of the report of deliberately concocting lies in a bid to taint his integrity .
The statement read: “The attention of His Excellency, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has been drawn to a seeming orchestrated campaign apparently originating from the social media to smear his hard earned reputation.
“On Saturday, August 28, this year, a Facebook broadcast titled “SGF; OGBONNAYA ONU AND VAINGLORIOUS NIGERIANS” allegedly at the instance of one Ajayi Temitope was circulated in the social media without his knowledge and consent.
“In it, Dr. Onu was falsely and perhaps maliciously credited with having told an unnamed friend of Mr. Ajayi Temitope in a 35minute telephone conversation that prior to the announcement of appointments into the offices of Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, among other positions, he (Dr.) Onu was informed by Mr. President of his intended action and why he would not be chosen for appointment as SGF.”
It continued: “The facebook broadcast further falsely credited Dr. Onu with expressing regrets about how his Abuja residence had become “a mecca of sorts” for those seeking patronage from him in anticipation of his appointment as SGF and lamented that soon after the announcement was made without his being appointed to serve in the exalted capacity, his residence became deserted.
“For the avoidance of doubt, it has become important to state in strong terms that Dr. Onu never expressed the views credited to him in the Facebook broadcast as no such conversation ever took place between him and our respected Mr. President. He could not have, therefore, communicated a nonexistent conversation to another person, more so an unnamed individual on telephone. Accordingly, it is false, cheap and utterly in bad faith. Already, Dr. Onu has personally issued a rebuttal on the matter which has been circulated in the social media in a press statement dated August 30, 2015.
Source : Sun Newspaper