Edo APC denies calling Obaseki back to party


Edo APC has denied asking Godwin Obaseki to return to the party after wining the state governorship election last Saturday under the platform of PDP.

A spokesman for the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, John Mayaki, on Thursday said the reports that his boss asked Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to APC were falsehood.

NATIONAL PANEL learnt that,  a statement was forwarded to Channels Television via email, Mayaki suggested such reporting was a continuation of the media’s lack of news verification before publication.

We gathered that other media organizations had earlier reported that Ize-Iyamu, had made the appeal on Wednesday.

 Mayaki insisted Ize-Iyamu is yet to address the press since the election results were announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday.

He said the video being referenced was broadcast three months ago.

Hear him: "We warned several times that the media should beware of fabrications from Obaseki and the PDP camp, but they did not listen,” Mayaki said. “That is why they have reported that the election was free and fair, and that is why they have said our candidate appealed to Obaseki to come back to APC.

“The video in reference is from three months ago, not after the election but doctored by Governor Obaseki media handlers to seek undue legitimacy.”

Mayaki also wondered if the media was being sponsored by Governor Obaseki and the PDP, as it seemed implausible that they (the media) actually believed the story.

“Pastor Ize-Iyamu was reported in the stories as speaking from Abuja, but it was the Benin reporters that covered the story. Were the reporters transported to Abuja? Do these media agencies actually believe the stories they carry? Obaseki and the PDP has a way of leaking false news to the media and the media has to be sensitive and professional in receiving these news."

The spokesman further said that there is a fake Twitter account purporting to belong to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, which has been disseminating false information and however, warned the media to avoid it like a plague and verify all their information before passing them across consumers.

“I only wish the media had been more professional during the elections; they were not and what is done is done.

"They don’t know how violent and anti-democratic it was in several parts of Edo State, including Egor in Benin City, and so they reported that the elections were free and fair. At least, going forward, let them verify all news before passing it on. It is the basic ethic of the profession", he added.

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