Anyanwu says he does not have any intention to step down for anyone.
Samuel Anyanwu, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has dismissed the claim that he has stepped down for Governor Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress.
A video circulated on social media claimed that Anyanwu had asked his supporters to vote for Uzodimma after stepping down for the APC candidate.
However, the PDP candidate has, in a statement, described the video as a blatant lie formulated by Uzodimma to deceive the public.
In the statement released on Friday, November 10, 2023, by his spokesperson, Ikenna Onuoha, Anyanwu said he does not have any intention to step down for anyone.
The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to a trending video on social media purportedly claiming that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Saturday, November 11 off-season election in Imo state, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, popularly known as Samdaddy has withdrawn.
“This video is not only a fake, blatant lie from the pit of hell, very mischievous, ridiculous, and misleading, but a senseless vile sheepishly formulated by the outgoing Governor Uzodimma to deceive the public.
“A critical look at the said video indicates that it was criminally edited and superimposed by these mischief makers to suit Uzodimma and his party’s tendencies. Please, ignore such falsehood as Senator Anyanwu never withdrew and does not have such intention in this election he has almost won.
He said no amount of blackmail by Uzodimma and his supporters would save them from their ‘looming defeat on Saturday.’
“The truth of the matter is that Senator Samuel Anyanwu and the candidate of the PDP is a big threat to Uzodimma, who has become dried in both the physical and spiritual since Imo people started booing him.
“It is important to tell Uzodimma and his supporters that no amount of blackmail and empty propaganda will save him from the looming defeat on Saturday,” Anyanwu said.
“Senator Samuel Anyanwu remains a candidate to beat in this election. He is prominently in the race and will never think of withdrawing from a contest over 70 percent of observers have ticked him as the likely winner,” the statement concluded.