Soludo speaks on rumour of being ‘bounced’ from VIP section at Tinubu’s inauguration

Charles Soludo

Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo has debunked the rumour that he was refused entry into the VIP section at the presidential inauguration in Abuja on Monday.

A video which has gone into circulation shows security personnel directing Soludo to take his seat at another wing at Eagle Square.

A voice in the background of the video claimed the governor reaped what he sowed after publicly condemning his predecessor Peter Obi who contested the 2023 presidential election but lost.

“See how dem bounce Governor Charles Soludo comot for VIP section. Upon all the letter wey e write against Peter Obi. Public embarrassment,” a tweep with the handle @VictorIsrael_ wrote.

But the governor said in a statement by his press secretary Christian Aburime that he was officially invited to the inauguration and could not have been ‘bounced’.

“A very mischievous and misleading video is currently been circulated online by some mischief makers who derive pleasure in misinforming the general public,” the statement said.

“The video shows Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, arriving the Eagle Square for the Presidential swearing-in ceremony in Abuja and was subsequently being re-directed courteously by protocol officials to the rightful position reserved for him at the other side of the VVIPs sitting positions.

“Redirecting invited guests to their rightful sitting position is neither an issue nor a condescending act.

“For the records, Governor Soludo remains one of the few Governors that was respectfully honoured and invited officially to attend the presidential swearing-in ceremony

“Consequently, we call on the general public to disregard the trending video. It is pure mischief and deliberate act to misinform the public.”