Atiku Abubakar is the main challenger of President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied that the party governors from the South East geo-political zone refused to attend the party’s zonal rally held in Sokoto.

In a statement on Tuesday by the Media Director of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said the insinuation smacked of ignorance and mischief.

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The party has three out of the five governors in the region: Dave Umahi(Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi(Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu(Abia).

Ologbondiyan said that the report that the governors from the South East were absent because they have no support for the aspiration of its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was only a figment of the imagination of those peddling the rumor

PDP said: “There is no sense in the insinuation since, going by the campaign timetable, the Presidential Candidate will visit all the zones, where all the governors elected on the platform of the party from those zones will be present.

“Abubakar’s next port of call will be Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Wednesday where the party will hold the North Central Presidential Zonal rally which will have in attendance state governors, leaders, members and supporters of the party in the zone.

“This is the same arrangement that we have for all the geopolitical zones of the country.

“The so-called shunning of the Sokoto rally by PDP governors of South East extraction was only a figment of the imagination of those peddling the wicked rumour.”