The campaign team of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the last Edo State gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has denied the report that the candidate begged the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Gov Godwin Obaseki, to return to the party.
Mr John Mayaki, the Director of Communications and Media of the Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s Campaign Organization, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, September 24.
In a viral video that circulated on social media on Wednesday night, Ize-Iyamu described Obaseki as his senior brother and appealed to him to return to the party he left prior to the governorship election.
However, the spokesman has now debunked the report claiming it was fabricated by the Governor and his party.
He said, “We warned several times that the media should beware of fabrications from Obaseki and the PDP camp, but they did not listen. 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’s media handlers to seek undue legitimacy.”
He added, “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 have a way of leaking false news to the media and the media has to be sensitive and professional in receiving the news.”