Senator Andy Uba has finally responded to the viral video of workers of Heritage Bank plc protesting at the front of a building supposed to be his Abuja home.
The bank workers in the video were demanding that the former powerful presidential aide, turned governor and senator should pay up his debts to the bank. Andy Uba is presently one of the leading aspirants for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Anambra State.
Responding to the video in a statement from the Andy Uba Campaign Council, AUCC, signed by Chief Paul Chukwuma, DG of the council, debunked the claims alleging that it was a stage managed attempt to ridicule their principal.
In the statement obtained by GreenWhiteGreen GWG, the former senator said that his name didn’t appear on the most recent AMCON debtor list that has been published since 2018.
The senator also debunked the video as stage managed.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that a group of demonstrators numbering about 20 had taken residence at the gate of a building it claimed to be that of Senator Andy Uba where they demonstrated that the senator should pay up his debts to the bank.
Responding to the video, the senator said:
“However, a careful study of the video and content of the narration easily exposes the lie that the entire video exercise is all about,” AUCC pointed out.
The council noted that, though the protesters were clad in customised T-shirts of Black and green with white patches, the cameraman carefully kept a distance so that captions on the t-shirts could not be read.
“So one can not really tell what the gathering is all about. Even so, getting such uniforms at a short notice to picket a loan defaulter by workers in a bank seem a little far-fetched. Even so, whatever slogans are written on the cardboard placards held by the said staff are out of focus,” AUCC noted again in its statement.
“A minimally experienced cameraman would have focused on the slogans on the placards to pass the message. The body language of the so called protesters doesn’t even show the seriousness of the claim that their jobs depended on the man they are said to have come to picket at the house. If anything, these could just be some small campaign groups meeting at a rendezvous point to take instructions, as it were,” the statement added.
Further debunking the authenticity of the video, the campaign council said:
“The answer is quite simple: showing the entire house would have exposed the video as the fraud that it is. Andy Uba’s house in Abuja is a well known landmark in a highly exclusive area of Abuja where commercial tricycles that we see plying the road in the video are off limit.
“Going by the claims of the narrator in the video, since when do workers go about picketting customers who took loans in banks in Nigeria,” AUCC asked.
Affirming that Andy Uba does not owe any bank, the campaign council further said:
“There is no truth in the said claim that Andy Uba owes any money to HB or any bank. We wish to state that Senator Andy Uba (MFR), has no trace nor record of debt on his profile,” AUCC said.
Meanwhile, the bank that is at the centre of the controversy has yet to officially respond to the development.