Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, on Thursday denied recent reports of him begging Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to the party.
Some news media (Not ALEDEH News) had reported that Ize-Iyamu on Wednesday begged Obaseki at a press conference and admitted that he is a leader.
Checks by ALEDEH revealed that the video was an old clip which had been recorded since June after Obaseki left the APC.
The Director of Communication and Media of the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, John Mayaki in a statement made available, called on the traditional media to perform due diligence in reporting events arising from Edo State, “as unprofessionalism would render them as tools for PDP.”
“We warned several times that the media should beware of fabrications from Obaseki and the PDP camp, but a section wouldn’t 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 media handlers to seek undue legitimacy.”
He also wondered if the newspapers who reported this falsehood were being sponsored by Governor Obaseki and the PDP.
“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 these news.”
Meanwhile, Mayaki also warned that there is a fake twitter account purporting to belong to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, which has been disseminating false information. He warned the media to avoid it like a plague and verify all their information before passing them on.
He said, “I only wish that this section of 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”.