Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has distanced himself from the rumoured plans to rename the state University after the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari.
The Governor reacted through a Statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku and made available to The Agenda Online.
The Statement further distanced the Governor’s media aide from a Statement trending on social media platforms, claiming that the Governor was to change the name of the State University from Imo State University, Owerri to Mallam Abba Kyari University.
The Statement further accused opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the state of being behind the fake press release.
The statement reads in part:
“The attention of the Office of the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor has been drawn to a fake news circulating on the social media, purporting that Governor Hope Uzodimma wants to rename Imo State University, Owerri, after the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari.”
“The author(s) of the fake news had not only credited to the governor what he could not have said, but they criminally wrote the name of his Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku as the one who signed the purported statement.”
“Since last weekend that Kyari passed on, the same persons have been issuing press statements, forging the logo of government and the name of Mr. Nwachuku with the intent to deceive Imolites in particular and the public in general into believing their propaganda and fake news to be real.”
“In one of such fake statements they issued and also circulated on social media, they mischievously credited Governor Uzodimma to have said he would immortalise Kyari for “making him Governor.”
“Let it be known that the two statements in reference were not issued by the office of the CPS/Media Adviser. They were fabricated and issued by the PDP and wickedly credited them to his office. We know exactly the person behind this and appropriate legal steps have been initiated to bring him to book.”