PSN disclaims endorsement of candidate
THE Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has denied throwing its weight behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, as touted in some quarters.
President of the body, Olumide Akintayo, in a statement said the professional body remains apolitical, even its quest to champion national development, through espousing ethical values in public interest.
Akintayo said instead of expressing support for any candidate, “the PSN (Lagos Chapter) had rather sent goodwill messages to all the gubernatorial aspirants it could identify their campaign offices in Lagos State.
“It is striking that the templates to the PDP and APC gubernatorial candidates were same,” he said.
The president said their attention was, however, drawn to a publication that “Lagos State Chapter of the PSN has thrown their weight behind the APC Governorship Candidate Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and also prayed for his success at the polls”.
To set the record straight, Akintayo said: “The PSN for the records is one of the oldest organised professional bodies in Nigeria having been founded in 1927. We have never been partisan on the PSN template even when we have championed national development through espousing ethical values in public interest.
“From the reflections, it is very clear that what was sent to both Messrs Jimi Agbaje and Akinwunmi Ambode were goodwill messages and by no means an endorsement of any candidate,” he said.