From Okey Sampson, Umuahi
The governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Prof Greg Ibe, has dispelled rumour making the rounds that one of his legs was amputated as a result of a terminal ailment he is suffering from.
This is equally as Prof Ibe has dismissed claims that his West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) result is fake.
Prof Ibe, who made the denial at the Gregory University, Uturu (GUU), during the presentation of letters of scholarship to 100 students, the latest scholarship awardees of Prof Ibe to study in the institution, said the lies were from the pit of hell.
Brandishing his original WAEC certificate which was issued to him in June 1983, Prof Ibe wondered why some wicked political opponents would want to tarnish his reputation.
The APGA guber candidate promised to seek legal redress against those blackmailing his name.
Presenting letters to the benefitting students on behalf of Pro Ibe, Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Augustine Uwakwe, explained that the award of scholarship was in continuation of Ibe’s educational revolution in Abia and beyond.
He pointed out that Ibe’s desire to provide education for all Abians irrespective of class and political affiliation formed part of his governorship manifesto.
He said most of the beneficiaries of the scholarship were brilliant students from a poor background who hitherto lost hopes of going to university.
Prof Ibe revealed that it cost N8m to sponsor each of the 100 students on scholarship, bringing the total cost to N800m.
The APGA guber candidate described himself as the highest single employer of labour in Abia State, noting that his desire to transform Abia State as Governor is for the good of all.
He challenged the beneficiaries to utilise the scholarship in developing their dreams even as he promised that more students would enjoy his scholarship programs.
He said with the latest awardees, Prof Ibe who is the founder of the institution, has given over 500 students, including Abians and non-Abians scholarships to study in the institution.
The GUU founder/Pro-Chancellor said outside the scholarship programme, students who graduate with First Class from the institution are given automatic employment and scholarship for postgraduate studies up to PhD level.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, a 4-level student of Agric Economy, Ahunanya Chibizo Prosper, from Ugwunagbo LGA of Abia, thanked Prof Greg Ibe for sponsoring their education and prayed for his guber ambition to be actualised.