Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District on the platform of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Ubah, has denied donating N1billion to support the federal government in the fight against further spread of coronavirus disease, COVID-19 in the country.
Ubah in a personally signed statement in Abuja Sunday, however explained that he had been complementing the Anambra state government’s efforts in combating the deadly pandemic by mobilising well-meaning Anambrarians to donate money to build an isolation center and two surge centers across the three senatorial districts in the state.
He urged members of the public to discountenance the report which was widely published in some sections of the media, especially online platforms.
The statement reads, “My attention has been drawn to a false publication making rounds on the internet allegedly stating the donations made so far by illustrious Nigerians for the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria with my name on the list of donors, allegedly donating N1billion to the federal government.
“For the records and purpose of clarity, I wish to disassociate myself from the purported donation and categorically state that at no point did I make N1billion donation under any guise, whether cash, medical equipments or relief materials to the federal government.
“Rather, in my bid to complement the state fovernment’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been championing the course of mobilizing well meaning Anambrarians to donate money to build an isolation center and 2 surge centers across the three Senatorial districts in Anambra.
“It is therefore very shocking to read of a purported donation of N1billion to the federal government. The story is not only unfounded, but very mischievous and should be disregarded as it is a dubious attempt to play on the collective intelligence of the general public.
“Members of the public are hereby advised to discountenance this misleading report as I wish to restate my commitment to supporting and putting my constituents first in this precarious time.
“As the Senator representing Anambra South in the National Assembly, my primary responsibility is distilled to the safety and well being of Anambra South and Anambrarians in general. My constituency office is closely monitoring the situation in Anambra South and will proceed with other forms of assistance in due course.
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“I therefore want to commend Nigerians for the resilience, discipline and patriotism we have displayed in this trying moment. We must not let the crippling fear that has gained momentum around this illness make us lose faith. In spite of the present situation, which seems overwhelming at times, the flames of hope in our hearts must not be extinguished”.