A former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has denied switching from Christianity to Islam as being insinuated in certain quarters.
Ihedioha gave the clarification in a statement issued by his media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu.
Online reports had alleged that the erstwhile Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives might have converted to the Islamic religion.
The insinuation started after Ihedioha had paid a condolence visit to his friend and governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal during the funeral of the governor’s elder brother, Muhammadu Bello.
Onyeukwu dismissed the report as “harebrained act of desperation which is malicious and wicked as well as puerile.
The aide stated that while Ihedioha has respect for all faiths, he remains not only a committed Christian but also a knight of the Anglican Church.
He recalled that the masterminds of the false report had recently flooded the blogosphere with the report that Ihedioha had concluded plans to defect to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and that he also has a senatorial ambition.
Onyeukwu stated that Ihedioha remains the pride of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not only in Imo State but also in the country because of his candour and outstanding stewardship in the high offices he occupied.
The aide also described Ihedioha as the darling of the people of Imo State, asserting that at the appropriate time, members of all faiths would join hands with the people of Imo State to support him to reclaim his mandate on the platform of the PDP.
He noted that Ihedioha is not only a foundation member of the PDP but also a very loyal and strong pillar of the party.
The media aide urged members of the public to disregard the false reports and go about their normal businesses.
While saying the Ihedioha camp is expecting more of the smear campaign in the days ahead, he submitted that what is paramount is to keep eyes on the goal of re-enthroning good governance so that the sacred project of rebuilding the state will continue.