Mr Christian Aburime, the press secretary to Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra, said there is no rift between his principal and the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Aburime stated this on Wednesday while fielding questions from newsmen.
He said “the alleged rift between my principal and Obi is a figment of people’s imagination. They are brothers who may share different political opinions.
“Soludo’s relationship, friendship and brotherhood with Obi is still intact, as against what many people think. I don’t know how people created and magnified a non-existent issue.
“As far as I know, there is no issue between Gov. Soludo and Obi. So I wonder why people disturb themselves and go about shouting in the media, overreacting and issuing one threat or the other over a non-existent issue they created.
“These are totally uncalled for and the people indulging in such should have a rethink,” he said.
Aburime said that the Soludo-led government remained focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Anambra and would not be distracted by any form of verbal attack, threat or sponsored charade.
He maintained that Soludo had the right to his opinion and was entitled to it under the 1999 Constitution as Amended and in a democracy and would not succumb to blackmail, threat or attack.
Acknowledging that Soludo would not retract any statement, the aide added:” he has no regrets about what he said because he has actually expressed his own opinion which is his constitutional right”.
He urged the youths who are threatening to dump heaps of refuse around the government house gates to desist from doing that.
”The youth should refrain from being used as weapons of destabilisation instead of being part of the solution to the challenges facing the state.
”The youths are both the leaders of today and tomorrow. I wonder why they would allow themselves to be used by some individuals.
“Instead of threatening to dump refuse at the Government House, they should rally support for the government of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, because his administration is actually working for the betterment of their lives.
“The governor wants to see that the youth of this present generation and the generation to come will have something that can make life more meaningful for them.
“Aside from giving the youths various key positions in his administration, Soludo’s government is also currently training and empowering thousands of youths across the state in different vocational skills; youth empowerment is a major focus of his administration
“So, I advise the youth to think twice,” he said.