Press charges against Chimamanda over bribery claim, APC chieftain advises INEC chair
A Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Prince John Mayaki, has urged Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to press charges against famous author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, for alleging that he was compromised by winner of the February 25 presidential election.
Adichie reportedly claimed many believe that INEC chair was complicit in the alleged rigging of the poll after “receiving, though without evidence, an astronomical U.S. dollar amounts.”
Mayaki said it was important for the INEC boss to assert his innocence and protect credibility of the electoral body by compelling promoters of “fake, damaging reports” to provide evidence of their claims through legal means.
“The fiction writer, Chimamanda, threw a stone and tried to hide her hands. She inserted the fictitious lie that the INEC Chairman received sums of money from the winner of the presidential election under the pretext of reporting the beliefs of many, even if the following sentence debunked the claim with the explanation that no proof or evidence of the allegation exists,” the APC chieftain said.
He continued: “If no evidence of the claim exists, why include it in the diatribe? The likely answer, of course, is that it was a deliberate attempt to injure the reputation of the electoral body and dent the credibility of the process.
“It is important that the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, doesn’t let people get away with these slanderous lies. Chimamanda took a talking point from the Obi-dient cesspool of lies, distortions and bizarre conspiracies and amplified it on a global platform in pursuit of a contrived victory for Mr. Peter Obi, who not only lost the election, but came a distant third. It is condemnable and must draw a serious reaction from the affected, particularly INEC.”
Mayaki also slammed the author for exhibiting the colonial mindset she criticised in the letter, noting the contradiction of criticising foreign powers for holding Nigeria and Africa to low standards, while inviting the same bodies to mediate in a local issue.
He added: “This same writer should not be taken seriously because she had already confessed that she ‘routinely lie’ about issues at a lecture she gave during the Harvard Class of 2018 Day.
“According to her, before I tell you about not lying, I must first admit to lying. I routinely lie about my height even at the doctor’s office. In Lagos, when I am meeting friends for meetings, I lie about being stuck in traffic while at home getting dressed… I, therefore, challenge Chimamanda to agree to lying in her letter to the President of the United States – being a routine lair.
“Her fantastic lie as contained in that letter and lack of courage to tell the truth about the crisis in her region of South East has shown her to be one of the biggest fans of separatist agitators known as IPOB. At least, we now know where her support lies. I’m quite convinced Chimamanda would be unable to sleep well at night having had her integrity bruised by her lies to the U.S. President.”