Dr. David Ombugadu, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for governor of Nasarawa State in 2023, has refuted media claims that if elected, he will dethrone some traditional rulers.
Mr. Ombugadu stated in an Abuja statement on Wednesday that he had no intention of replacing any Muslim traditional rulers with Christians, as has been claimed.
The story is “false and malicious,” he declared in a statement made by his campaign organization’s Director, Media and Publicity Directorate, Mike Omeri.
Mr. Ombugadu stated that he has continuously shown genuine regard for traditional institutions and recognized their critical role in maintaining the people’s culture and history.
To create progress and togetherness, he believes in preserving healthy connections with all elements of society, especially traditional rulers.
“We encourage the media to do their homework and double-check their sources before going to press.”
“It is critical to avoid spreading misinformation that can harm individuals’ reputations,” he stated in the statement.
Mr. Ombugadu also reaffirmed his commitment to working for the welfare of Nasarawa State, upholding the rule of law, and encouraging collaboration among all stakeholders.
Ombugadu was proclaimed the state’s March 18 election winner by a three-man Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on October 2.
It ordered the resignation of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in a two-to-one judgment and requested INEC to provide a Certificate of Return to Ombugadu.
Governor Sule and the APC, on the other hand, have indicated their intention to submit an appeal against the tribunal’s decision.