A spokesman for the Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, John Mayaki, has said reports that his principal asked Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) are false.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Mayaki said such reporting was a continuation of the media’s lack of news verification before publication.
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The spokesperson insisted that Ize-Iyamu is yet to address the press since the election results were announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday.
He said the video being referenced was broadcast three months ago.
“We warned several times that the media should beware of fabrications from Obaseki and the PDP camp, but they did not listen,” Mayaki said in a statement sent to Channels Television.
“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.
The statement read: “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,” he said.
The spokesperson also warned that there is a fake Twitter account purporting to belong to Ize-Iyamu, which has been disseminating false information.
He warned the media to avoid it and verify all their information before passing them on.