The lawmaker representing Anambra South in the National Assembly, Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has refuted claims that he stood against the purchase of Innoson vehicles by the Nigerian Senate, describing the report as “grossly misleading and fictitious narrative.”
Sen. Ubah in a statement he issued and personally signed on Sunday described himself as “the only individual with the largest units of Innoson vehicles in his fleet in the Southeast” wondered why people will sit in their rooms and concoct lies against others. Ubah said he was neither a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriation or Committee on Senate Services that could have afforded him the opportunity to be aware of the time the Senate planned to purchase vehicles for its members.
Ubah, however, assured his supporters and Igbo people at large that he was committed to the “think home” initiative which is primarily aimed at encouraging the establishment of businesses in Igboland as a way of boosting the economy of the region.
The lawmaker while enumerating his series of purchase of Innoson vehicles rvealed that to show the premium he places on Innoson vehicles he bought one the vehicles for his only daughter as a birthday present when she turned 18 years.
“Presently, I am the biggest private patronizer of Innoson vehicles in the South east today. The very first car that I gave my only beloved daughter when she clocked 18 years is an Innoson(IVM) vehicle which she still drives till date; the car is still parked in my Lagos residence currently. It is therefore ridiculous and laughable to insinuate that a man who bought his only daughter an Innoson vehicle would kick against procuring the same brand of vehicle for Senators.
“In my political engagements, I have purchased over 30 trailers of Innoson plastic products worth over 400million. I have also given out Innoson Vehicles to organizations such as; National Union of Journalists(NUJ) Southeast, Sports Writers Association Nigeria(SWAN), Catholic Boys Organization Nnewi Diocese, Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder (APLSCD), Nnewi Youths Forum and a host of friends and ardent supporters too numerous to mention.
“In line with my “think home” philosophy, I also purchased FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s official vehicles; 3 Coaster Buses, Trucks and SUV’s from Innoson. In total, I have spent over N700million in purchasing both vehicles and other products from Innoson from my personal pocket.
“Let me say without mincing words that in the entire Southeast, I am the only individual with the largest units of Innoson vehicles in his fleet. From the onset till date, I have maintained a very brotherly and cordial relationship with Chief (Dr.) Innocent Chukwuma; Chairman of Innoson Group whom I have always patronized and been at the forefront of promoting his brand. Therefore, I advise those trying to fan the embers of discord between two brothers to desist from such as it is a failed ploy that is obviously dead on arrival.
Ubah also revealed that he was aware that his ambition to participate in the governorship election in Anambra state in 2021 was making his opponents jittery which he believes was fueling such lies as the present one against him. He, however, noted that each time such lies are told about him it rather boosts his popularity as it further affords the people the opportunity to know him better.
“I am fully aware that a lot of people are jittery about my rising political profile ahead of the 2021 Anambra Gubernatorial elections, hence the deployment of malicious pseudo writers to peddle falsehoods and twisted conjectures about me in a bid to deplete the love and goodwill my people have for me. However, these malicious stories have turned out to become a step tool that consistently promotes my brand,” Ubah stated.