Ogbonnaya Onu, immediate past Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, has said at no time did he change political party during the course of his political career.
In a statement he personally signed, Onu refuted reports in the media wherein comments quoted by one Dr. SKC Ogbonnia were credited to him
“Dr. SKC Ogbonnia is a completely different person from Dr.Ogbonnaya Onu. My surname is Onu and not Ogbonnia.My other name is Ogbonnaya and not Ogbonnia. The initials SKC are not mine. I never contested for the presidential primaries of the APC in 2019” he stated in a statement.
Onu’ s full statement reads:
“Early this morning, many national newspapers carried the story of the endorsement of the Labour Party Presidential Candidate by one Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, who was reported to have contested for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Primaries in 2019. A few minutes ago, someone drew my attention to an article in circulation of that same story but captioned with my name, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, instead of the name of the person who had issued and signed the statement.
“Dr. SKC Ogbonnia is a completely different person from Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. My surname is Onu and not Ogbonnia. My other name is Ogbonnaya and not Ogbonnia. The initials SKC are not mine. I never contested for the Presidential Primaries of the APC in 2019.
“In my long political carrier, I have never changed my political party. I have also never been involved in any anti-party activity. It is also important to remember that I served meritoriously as the National Chairman of defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), that for a long time, was the largest opposition political party in the country.
“I therefore request that the general public should make the distinction between Dr. SKC Ogbonnia and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. The attempt to copy the statement made by Dr. SKC Ogbonnia and put my name as the caption is mischievous, wicked and unfortunate. We need a high level of civility in the conduct of politics in our dear nation.